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Roundtable Discussion with Minister Carál Ní Chuilín

 Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. CO3 Roundtable Discussion.

CO3 yesterday hosted one of a series of roundtable discussions under the broad theme of Third Sector and political leadership with Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The event was attended by a group of CO3 members and was hosted and chaired by Margaret Henry, CEO of Audiences NI.

Issues discussed included:

  • Strong political leadership is required to create a better sense of cohesion. Political leaders need to lead by example.
  • The need for patience with the political structures.
  • The use of language, how we talk with and to each other.
  • Culture, Arts and Sports as a conduit for peace and reconciliation. It is important not to lose sight of the role the arts and sport have played in society.
  • Rural Libraries.
  • The Irish Language Act.
  • 23,000 responses received to the DCAL Budget consultation. 
  • Art is not a luxury, it is a central part of our lives. 
  • The role and challenges for the Minister in budget negotiations. Arts, sport and culture are tools for achieving wider policy goals including regeneration, economic development, social inclusion and health.
  • The requirement for Government Departments to work better together. 
  • How can we create better working conditions for those working within the Arts? 
  • Recognising the contribution of Arts and Culture to improving our quality of life.
  • Is solidarity missing in the Arts?
  • Have we created a culture whereby there is an expectation that community leaders operate on a voluntary basis? 
  • Educate, Organise and Agitate.  The economic and social arguments of the Arts need to be presented by a united voice.
  • Interdependency is central to the survival of vibrant sports, culture and arts.


Our sincere thanks to Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for her participation and to Margaret Henry, CEO of Audiences NI for hosting and chairing the session.