Sunday 18 March 2018

Culture show must go on -- but at what price?

Executive pay has played its role in the drama surrounding the Limerick City of Culture project

Pat Cox
Pat Cox
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

ON Broadway it's 'Another Opening, Another Show'. In Ireland it's Another Opening, Another CEO.

Apparently the Limerick City of Culture project had to have a CEO, because it wasn't enough to have an artistic director, an international programmer, a commissioning and legacy programmer, and a board chaired by Pat Cox.

So they brought in Patricia Ryan, whose preparation for the role of CEO does not involve any association with the arts, but who has worked as an aide to both Pat Cox and his former PD colleague Mary Harney. Her suitability as a culture "czar" is less clear, but then which of us can say that we have any idea what any CEO does? "I have never claimed to have an artistic or cultural background. My job is not to provide the artistic direction," Patricia Ryan said on Friday. "I would like to bring project management to the table."

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