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Arts minister wants financial cut for sale of Dun Mhuire Theater in Wexford

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Wexford County Council’s proposed purchase of the iconic Dún Mhuire Theater for the redevelopment of South Main Street is delayed by a government request for the return of more than € 120,000 from an arts grant paid to the Wexford Parish 15 years ago for renovations to allow the building to be used for opera events during construction of the National Opera.

The parish committee made the decision in 2019 to close the building as it could no longer afford to keep it open, due to declining income, rising debts and the need for major repairs and the council County has stepped in and agreed to buy it for a large-scale redevelopment of Main Street South.

There has been no progress on the sale since then – the shutdown took place in January 2020 with disillusioned arts groups including the Wexford Pantomime Society which had performed there for many years, having to find alternative venues – and the building became more and more dilapidated.

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