New members of Arts Council named

ARTS Minister John O’Donoghue announced the appointment of five new members of the Arts Council yesterday.

The appointees replace four outgoing members and the late deputy chair of the Arts Council, Jerome Hynes, who died suddenly in September 2005.

The new members are: actor Alan Stanford; musician and communications consultant Aibhlín McCrann; art collector and businessman Maurice Foley, who will also act as deputy chair; Galway Arts Festival manager John Crumlish; and artist Jaki Irvine.

Those stepping down are Brú Ború arts centre artistic director Una Ó Murchú; Gaiety School of Acting director Patrick Sutton; critic Emer O’Kelly; and artist Willie Doherty. Olive Braiden stays on as chair.

Filmmaker and musician Philip King was reappointed. Other members staying on are: Noelle Campbell Sharp, Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat director; Theo Dorgan, poet; Rosaleen Linehan, actress; Orlaith McBride, National Association of Youth Drama director; John McGahern, writer; and Mary Nunan, choreographer and dancer.

The appointments are for a five-year period and each member receives €5,078.95 annually for their services, plus expenses.

The board meets on a monthly basis and advises the Arts Council on funding and policy decisions, as well as offering advice to the Government on arts-related matters. Members may also participate in sub-committees relating to the arts.

The annual budget of the Arts Council stands at €72.31 million.

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