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Poll: Should the government increase arts spending by 445%?

People are calling for a minimum spend.

Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.
Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.
Image: Evan Agostini

A CAMPAIGN TO force the government to spend a minimum amount on the arts is gaining momentum.

The National Campaign for the Arts says that the EU average is 0.6% of GDP with Ireland lagging behind at 0.11% (2012 figures).

They are seeking a commitment to spend at least 0.3% of GDP on the arts and culture over the lifetime of the government.

A petition that calls 0.6% has also reached nearly 10,000 signatures. Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson has lent his support to that proposal this morning.

An increase from 0.11% to 0.6% would represent an increase of 445%. So, what do you think, is a minimum spend a good idea?

Poll, Should the government increase arts spending by 445%?

Poll Results:

No (6915)
Yes (5259)
Don't know (671)

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Rónán Duffy

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