11. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps he has taken to address financial planning and oversight difficulties in Arts centres across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19265/13 asked on 25 Apr 2013 - Arts Centres)

Deputy Jimmy Deenihan: My Department has no role in the management or the operation of any art centre or in providing current funding to arts centres. Many such centres are owned by, and some are managed by, the relevant local authority. Most receive some or all of their operational funding from the local authorities. The Arts Council also has a role in that it provides programming funding in respect of many arts centres. 
As the Deputy will be aware, the Arts Council is the principal agency...