(Fiona Ni Chinneide’s article appeared in Irish Theatre Magazine, 2/10.)

There are a number of anxieties in advance of the General Election on February 25th, not least the worry that we will just get more of the same, but few Irish artists will be anxiously watching the ballot boxes fearing the impact of the new government on Arts Council decision-making, and the Director of the Abbey Theatre will not be wondering whether to get his coat. Yes, budget amounts may be affected by who gets into power and the value they attach to the arts – but it is unlikely that artistic directors of theatres and arts centres around the country will get the boot, or that a unilateral brake will be put on funding for independent theatre companies.

via www.irishtheatremagazine.ie

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