The Event Industry Alliance (EIA) has expressed deep disappointment following a virtual meeting with Minister for Arts Catherine Martin, after no date was set for the return of live concerts and cultural events.
The Event Industry Alliance (EIA) met with Minister Catherine Martin and her department today, following an intense campaign and urgent request for engagement with all key stakeholders within the Event Industry .
The EIA represents:
There were many other organisations in attendance.
We acknowledged the fact that the Minister Catherine Martin took the time to meet with our industry representatives however we were disappointed that neither An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, or Minister Stephen Donnelly did NOT attend today’s meeting. While we also acknowledge that representatives from the ministers departments did attend, this was the first time this happened. The sector requires a whole cross Government approach to ensure that the severity of the situation that the Industry now finds itself is fully appreciated. In addition, we are very concerned that after 17 months of closure each group had a 2 to 3 minute opportunity to make a contribution towards the proposed reopening roadmap. This does not amount to constructive engagement however we do hope that this is a start.
The Event Industry Alliance reiterated the following key proposals for reopening:
We are deeply disappointed that there still is no confirmed reopening date, despite being mandated to close for 17 months, and ongoing requests for meaningful engagement with all sectors within our industry.
There is an urgent and obvious requirement for cross department collaboration to ensure a strong aligned reopening. In various departments there is a perceived difference between culture based and other events. The reality is that strictly non cultural events account for 30-40% of the total €3.5bn industry value - however ALL EVENTS WILL be obliged to follow the same over-arching procedures, guidelines and industry restrictions.
There is also an obvious collaboration with the Department of Health required.
We again call for an urgent meeting with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister Eamon Ryan, Minister Stephen Donnelly and the Cabinet Sub Committee on COVID to urgently engage with our sector.