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Podcast: Why have gigs not come back to Ireland yet?

Podcast: Why have gigs not come back to Ireland yet?


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It’s been over 500 days since the live events industry has been able to function fully over 500 days without proper gigs, clubs, art, theatre, comedy and EVENTS.

As we reach over 83% vaccinated, despite a sustained campaign for clarity, the live events industry is no closer to knowing a plan for the sector.

Yesterday, the government’s Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin met key stakeholders of the industry once again, but all that seem to come out of it was that she can’t get her Cabinet to take her seriously.

The only conclusion to draw is that the government do not think that this industry is worth a serious consideration. An entire industry, the only industry left to reopen and it is disrespected and ignored.

As thousands of people gather outdoors at events in Northern Ireland across the border, and there is still no information on whether gigs can go ahead in any small or medium capacity in September, October, November, December and beyond.

Niall and Andrea discuss how we got here, what we can do and if there’s anything we can do next?

Thanks to Bressie, Shane Dunne (Indiependence, EPIC, MCD), Lyra and Stephen Butler (Set Theatre Kilkenny and Labyrinth) for their input also.

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