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€18,000 budgeted by Clare County Council for a song for The Gathering.


Would you like to produce a song and possibly get paid €18,000 for it?

No, this isn’t a new song contest show from RTÉ but a tender request from Clare County Council published on the E-Tenders site on the 8th of November to produce a song by Peter Keane called ‘The Gathering’ which will be used to commemorate and celebrate The Gathering 2013 for Co Clare.

Incredibly, a public body is willing to pay up to €18,000 to produce a county anthem while extreme cutbacks are occurring at all levels in the public service. That is 180 houses paying the Household Charge in a county with a compliance rate of approx 67%, for a song.

Clare County Council has since 2006 levels experienced a reduction of 19% in staffing levels from 1002 to 810 staff, received a reduction in the Quarter 3 Instalment of the Local Government Fund allocation of €243,631 for 2012 and like all public services acknowledges that it will have to get by with less funding in the coming years.

The Project Proposal states, “Some time ago Peter Keane composed and recorded a song titled ‘The Gathering’. This song is a celebration of Clare people all over the world and it is now intended to professionally produce it as the official ‘Gathering’ song for County Clare.

Requirement No.7 outlines that “The budget for the Production of ‘The Gathering Song’ will not
exceed €18,000 inclusive of VAT
“.

When promoting this country on a limited budget, with money borrowed from others, every euro has to go the distance and be justified, is €18,000 for a free download song going to pay for itself and bring visitors?

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About Brian Stokes

Spent seven years working as a Parliamentary Assistant and Personal Assistant in Dáil Éireann and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Studying History & Economics in University College Cork. Walker of a dog called Vimes.

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