- 07 Feb 17
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, spoke about the uncertainty for the Irish arts sector following Brexit at a meeting in Cavan yesterday.
Admitting that the long-term consequences of Brexit have not yet become apparent, Ms McBride highlighted six areas of immediate concern for the Arts Council.
Speaking about the possibility of a border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Ms McBride said: "Any border will limit the free movement of artists, arts organisations impacting on N/S and E/W tours with the United Kingdom. As another English-speaking EU country, there is significant movement between jurisdictions by artists and organisations. This will undoubtedly be compromised by the reinstatement of a border."
On the possible disruption to funding EU collaborative projects, Ms McBride had this to say: "Within the context of Creative Europe, it is possible for non-EU countries to participate in the programme under the auspices of a framework agreement with the European Commission (e.g. Moldova and Georgia). It is possible that the EU and UK could explore such a possibility in their negotiations.