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Deenihan: 'Limerick City of Culture should move forward in a calm and measured way'

The Minister for Arts said he met with board members and local art groups.

Jimmy Deenihan at Leinster House
Jimmy Deenihan at Leinster House
Image: Photocall Ireland

FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT today that Mike Fitzpatrick has been appointed interim head of Limerick City of Culture, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said he welcomed the measures taken by the board today.

In a statement, the board said the departing CEO will facilitate “a smooth handover” and Fitzpatrick will take up a non-executive role on the board of Limerick National City of Culture 2014 when he resumes his pose as head of the art and design school.

Moving forward

Minster Deenihan said:

Last Sunday, I said it was my view that all parties involved in Limerick City of Culture should move forward in a calm and measured way. This is happening, and I believe that progress is being made.
He added that he had met with representatives of the local authority management and the board of Limerick City of Culture 2014 last night and he had also met with representatives of the local arts community including the Professional Limerick Artists Network (PLAN) and Ormston House Visual Artists this morning.

In these meetings, I stressed the importance of getting Limerick City of Culture 2014 back on track. It is abundantly clear that everyone I have spoken to is 100 per cent committed to this.

“I welcome the measures being announced by the board today. The appointment of an interim head for Limerick City of Culture 2014, and the broadening of the board to include local arts community representatives, are important and welcome steps,” said Minister Deenihan.

Local arts

The minister added that he progress on the project must continue, adding “great confidence in the local organisations, the arts community and the people of Limerick to work together to make this a success”.

He said today’s announcements marks a new beginning for Limerick City of Culture 2014, and said it is an important step towards ensuring that the best of the city will be showcased on the national and international stage over the coming 12 months.

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