Sinn Féin election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for a mid-term review of the Culture band Creativity Strategy for Waterford City and County and for a fairer and more transparent allocation of funding to ensure West Waterford isn’t disadvantaged.
“Waterford is blessed with a vibrant cultural and creative sector, from internationally recognised festivals, to renowned performers, writers and artists. We have a thriving music scene and a deep connection with out traditional music and dance, our language and our cultural heritage.
“Not only does this sector enrich our lives and contribute to our communities but it brings an economic dividend too.
“There are concerns locally that the focus of theCulture and Creativity Strategy is overly focused on Waterford City and that West Waterford doesn’t benefit from a fair proportion of funding and commissions.
“Strategies need to be reviewed periodically and performance against targets needs to be assessed. I believe that this strategy should be reviewed by the incoming Council with a view to ensuring transparency and geographic balance in awarding grants and commissions.”