Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed again today (Monday, 18 May) that funding which he allocated to support the running of Agricultural Shows throughout the country this year can be used in 2021 where shows have to be cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
The Minister’s comments come at the start of what would normally have been a very busy period for Shows around the country.
Speaking today, Minister Ring stated:
“Late last year, I allocated €600,000 to the Irish Shows Association to support approximately 120 Agricultural Shows around the country that were due to take place during 2020.
“As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the Irish Shows Association has recommended the cancellation of all shows until restrictions are lifted and public safety can be ensured.
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we are experiencing at this time, in cases where an affiliated show is cancelled this year, I have asked the Irish Shows Association to hold the funding allocated for that show in trust, so that it can be used in 2021 if the show goes ahead.
“Any agricultural shows that can safely take place later in 2020 as restrictions are lifted, and in line with public health advice, can continue to utilise the funding available to them in 2020.
“I want to thank the Irish Shows Association for working with my Department on this arrangement and for their on-going advice to their members during the COVID-19 crisis.” Read More