Archives for October 2013

Irish Equity AGM

Read the Minutes from the Irish Equity AGM which was held in Liberty Hall on Sunday 13th October 2013 READ MORE

For the attention of all members

Dear Member, Our colleagues in the Irish Collecting Society Recorded Artists Actors Performers Ltd (RAAP) have advised us that the Spanish Collecting Society AIGSE have collected, on behalf of Irish Artists, the sum of €80,000. READ MORE

Irish Equity condemns Budget 2014 for further erosion of arts funding

Job losses and a reduction in Ireland’s tourism potential are the inevitable outcome of plans in Budget 2014 to implement a sixth successive year of funding cuts in the arts sector, according to SIPTU Arts and Culture Sector Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin.

Overall, the arts sector is due to see its funding reduced from €250 million in 2013 to €233 million in 2014, an overall cut of 7%, under plans announced by the Government in Budget 2014 on Tuesday (15th October).

Karan O’Loughlin, said: “The cuts will greatly affect actors, musicians and theatre workers as the already limited pool of work dries up even further. [Read more…]

Irish Equity to complain to RTÉ concerning use of non-professional actors

Irish Equity intends to lodge a formal complaint with RTÉ concerning television productions use of non-professional actors.

SIPTU Arts and Culture Sector Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “Irish Equity has expressed exasperation at the continuing debate concerning the employment of non-professional actors on professional productions in the Republic of Ireland.

“With only a limited amount of work for actors, Irish Equity believes there is no reason for any producer to hire amateur actors when the professional standard in is so high. It appears that the profession of acting is just not taken seriously. [Read more…]

Irish Equity update to the wider acting community

There has been a lot of confusion over recent months regarding the status of Irish Equity and its relationship with SIPTU and Equity UK. While we have been communicating regularly with our members, we are aware that a number of Irish actors are not active members of Irish Equity or are members of our sister union in the UK.

Following our AGM on Sunday 13th October 2013, we’d like to take this opportunity to update the wider acting community on the latest developments. [Read more…]

Arts Sector begins to Process Another Hefty Cut

This week’s budget saw the Arts take another hefty cut. Analysis by the National Campaign for the Arts estimate that the budget represents approximately a 7% overall cut to the arts, including a 7% cut to the Arts Council.

Over the coming weeks, the ramifications of this sixth successive year of cuts will begin to become more clear. In the meantime, here is a link to the NCFA’s analysis:


Lockout Tapestry

The 1913 Lockout Tapestry will be on display in The National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin from the 9th – 14th Nov.


The late Gerry McCann

Irish Equity would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gerry McCann on their very sad loss.


Dear Colleague,

You may recall that, at our last Exec meeting, I reminded you that the Union was in the process of presenting a complaint [Read more…]