Criticism of low funding allocations for 1916 commemorations

Fianna Fáil Cllr M J O’Ryan.

Fianna Fáil Cllr M J O’Ryan.

Disappointment has been expressed by local councillors at the low level of funding provided for 1916 commemoration celebrations.

Waterford City & County Council is to receive approximately €30,000 from the Government’s central 1916 Rising Commemoration Fund to help organise and run events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the rebellion next year.

At the March Comeragh District meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cathaoirleach Cllr M J O’Ryan sought clarity on funding for the district.

“The issue was discussed at the last plenary meeting, but we still don’t know if Comeragh is getting a budget or not,” he said.

“Comeragh played a big part during this era and we in Comeragh should lead this celebration in Waterford.”
Cllr O’Ryan said he would like to see funding allocations increased as the commemorations could become ‘Gathering’ type events that would help local economies.

Fianna Fáil Cllr John O’Leary expressed his disappointment at the low allocation.

“It won’t make a huge impact for commemorating such an important event,” he said.

He expressed his hope that the government would increase funding allocations.

Claire Hartley (Housing, Community and Culture) said she would raise the issue with the Community section for input and details of any submission date.

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