Sinn Féin spokesperson for the arts, youth affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield today launched Sinn Féin’s ‘Standing up for Young People’ pre-budget alternative alongside Deputies John Brady and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire.

Sinn Féin is committed to the development of a National Youth Arts Strategy which would promote participation, progression and provision of the arts for young people over three years.

Senator Warfield said:

“Young people must be seen as artists and participants in their own right rather than as audiences or future artists.

“Sinn Féin’s proposed strategy is focused on engagement, developing talent, and putting in place the appropriate infrastructure and support, not only within the confines of traditional education environments but developing arts habit in the non-formal education environment such as youth services, orchestras, youth theaters and more.

“We take pride in Ireland’s vibrant artistic history – across myriad art forms – and we will campaign to ensure that such a record is upheld and added to into the future.

“Sinn Féin will safeguard the right of every young person to explore their artistic and creative potential.”