Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Spokesperson on Arts & Heritage Niamh Smyth has welcomed the expansion of the Music Generation programme to 9 new areas across the country including Cavan-Monaghan.

The national music education programme, which is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships, provides kids with access to music education in their local area.

Deputy Smyth commented, “The expansion of this scheme emphasises not only the importance of music education, but also the appetite that kids and teenagers have to learn new skills.  Fianna Fáil has strongly advocated for more investment in arts education – and has highlighted the importance of ensuring that arts education is open to every child, not just those whose family circumstances allow it.

“This Government has been high on aspiration but low on delivery.  This is as true for the Arts as it is for most Government Departments.  Despite a promise from Minister Humphreys that all children across the country would have access to arts, drama, and music education, we have yet to see any great movement towards making that a reality.

“This programme is a step in the right direction, and its expansion is testament to the popularity of music among children and teenagers.  We need to nurture and support young people who take an interest in the arts and I will be calling on this Government to put additional funding in place to make access to arts education a reality for all students”.