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City to get e200k for arts despite officials' blunder

CITY bosses have regained €200,000 in arts funding that was feared lost following an administrative blunder.

The Department of the Environment agreed to reinstate the money following "intensive negotiations" with officials.

There was widespread alarm among city councillors last July when it emerged that staff missed the deadline to draw down the arts funding from central government.

The blunder happened following a "communications breakdown" between two council sections last February.

"This was a case of people not being on the ball and it nearly cost us dearly," a source explained.

The Herald has now established that the money will be made available to the council in what is a major boost for arts projects in the capital.

Talks between council and department officials in recent weeks led to a deal being struck which will see €212,000 being provided.

The news will relieve city arts officials, who had already invited artists and cultural groups to apply for grants.

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Chairperson of the Arts Strategic Policy Committee, Julia Carmichael, said securing the funding was a "hard battle".

"To think a few months ago we thought a massive error had caused the loss of a substantial amount of money.

"Thankfully, the department has agreed to allow us to draw down the sum, which is a hugely welcome boost for artists in the city," she said.

"It means that all those artists who successfully applied through the scheme can now benefit."

The council has also received €63,500 from the National Roads Authority for art commissions relating to the Port Tunnel.

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