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Government urged to protect community festival sector

May 11, 2022 13:05 By Shannonside News
Government urged to protect community festival sector Government urged to protect community festival sector
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Local festivals and events are in danger of dying out according to one expert.

The government need to enact legislative supports for the local festival community if they're to survive.

That's according to Executive Director of Association of Irish Festivals and Events, Colm Croffey, who says community festivals face a very uncertain future.

Rising material costs, volunteer shortages and the difficulty in securing insurance mean many local events are facing tough decisions on whether they can go ahead.

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The Ballinasloe Native says that in the current insurance market, it's almost impossible for festivals to secure cover for events including animals, water sport or fireworks, among others.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show today, he's called on the government to enact strong supports for the sector.

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