Kelly says Excel future can be safeguarded following visit

Minister Alan Kelly last week visited the Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town to meet with Board members and management regarding its future.

Minister Alan Kelly last week visited the Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town to meet with Board members and management regarding its future.

Also present were Pobal who have been working on plans for the Centre for some time.

Minister Kelly said afterwards - “I met with the Board members and management and collectively working with Pobal, the County Council, Tipperary Town Council, SOLAS, the Arts Council and various other organisations I believe a plan can be put together for the future of this fantastic centre.

“I have spoken with the County Council subsequently and we will be working to ensure that a holistic approach is taken to finding a solution to the funding problems the Centre has. It won’t be easy but it is possible and it’s important to progress the positive work the Centre does day after day.

“I expect a plan to be put in place over the coming months that will involve extra functions moving to the Centre and this will be positive.

“However, there is a need for programme change and administrative change in the Centre as well and these must happen quickly. Following my suggestion, Pobal has agreed to convene a meeting of all parties to find a workable solution for the Centre quite soon.

“I would like to thank the Board of the Excel for approaching me in a positive way looking to find solutions and I look forward to meeting with al the parties concerned around the table in the near future’.