Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts, Culture, and Heritage Niamh Smyth TD has said that Galway becoming the European Capital of Culture for 2020 should leave a lasting legacy in the city for generations to come.

She was speaking after attending the Galway International Arts Festival on another exhilarating and vibrant programme.

“I’m delighted to visit Galway for their 42nd consecutive International Arts Festival. I believe the history and reputation of this festival was a crucial reason why Galway was nominated as European Capital of Culture for 2020. This festival continues to be among the highlights of Ireland’s cultural calendar and was evident this week.

“I want to commend the CEO John Crumlish, Artistic Director Paul Fahy and all the staff of the Galway International Arts Festival for the brilliant programme they have put together in 2019.

“Among the events that I have attended include the Sam Jinks “In the Flesh” exhibition at the festival gallery which is on in the unused Galway Post Office Depot on William Street. It’s a remarkable exhibition in a remarkable setting. A city centre setting with potential to become a permanent home for the arts in Galway City.

“The Galway Arts community are working hard to ensure that the Capital of Culture title leaves a lasting cultural legacy. I believe, as part of the Capital of Culture 2020 programme, the Department engage with festival directors and An Post officials to explore the possibility of the Old Post Office Depot becoming a new venue in the city.

“I am asking Minister Bruton and Minister Madigan to explore all options which may see this venue play an integral role during Galway 2020 and in the following years,” concluded Deputy Smyth.