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Irish PM steps in again to save orchestras

December 13, 2017 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


While an ex-BBC boss advises RTE how to make two orchestras go into one, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has stood up once more in the Dail to defend the integrity of both threatened orchestras.

He said they were essential to Ireland’s ‘musical eco system’ and told the culture minister to do something about it.

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Comments (3)

  1. Ryan walsh says:

    Here’s a sentence I never thought I would say in my lifetime :

    As an Irishman, I am proud that my country’s politicians ( both opposition and government ) are prepared to take a stand for musical culture and give proper political leadership when it needed.

    Credit where credit is due !

    Now we await the sensible and obvious actions , though with an appropriate vigilance and wariness .

    The show isn’t over etc…

  2. Dave says:

    Good on the Taoiseach!

    Can you imagine this happening in the UK – our sorry excuse for a PM giving the same instructions to our ex-accountant culture secretary Karen Bradley*?

    Nope, me neither.

    *Anybody know who she is? Apart from a former accountant with Price Waterhouse and suchlike?

  3. Dave says:

    They could play Wagner on their Norn Irons*.

    *How the locals might pronounce Northern Ireland.


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