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Roscommon man urges government to set firm date for live music re-opening

Aug 19, 2021 13:08 By Shannonside News
Roscommon man urges government to set firm date for live music re-opening Roscommon man urges government to set firm date for live music re-opening
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MEAI members with the Minister yesterday but not much progress was made

Local representatives of the music and entertainment sector have raised concerns that the return of live music and entertainment is becoming a political football.

There is still no date for when the industry can reopen, despite representatives meeting with Arts Minister Catherine Martin yesterday.

Co-founder or the Music and Entertainment Association of Ireland and Roscommon native Jackie Conboy says performers have become the pawns in the back and forth discussions and will suffer serious fallout.

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Performers and industry members are also raising serious concerns over the cutting of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in September and how it could result in artists leaving to industry to take up other work.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show today, the association's co-founder says it's too late for a roadmap towards return and a solid date must be set down:

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