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Limerick Council hits back at claims of no support for Richard Harris Film Festival

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Limerick City and County Council has rejected any assertion that it has not supported the Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016. 

A statement was issued by the local authority following claims by festival director Zeb Moore that just €200 was received in support of the international event.

In a statement issued on Tuesday the Council said €1,100 has already been awarded to the festival organisers.

A letter of support was also provided to organisers supporting their Arts Council funding promising additional support if this application was successful.

Additionally,  organisers of the festival were also advised to submit a budget of costs for consideration for supplementary funding, which has not yet been received, according to the Council.

It is also claimed that a meeting was scheduled between the Arts Office and festival organisers on Friday, 30 September 2016 to discuss funding at which festival organisers failed to attend.

The council said the festival is also being supported by Limerick.ie, and was part of Limerick.ie’s ‘What’s On’ guide which is distributed to hotels and tourist offices across Limerick and will be showcased in a Halloween campaign highlighting events taking place in Limerick.

Limerick City and County Council is now calling on the organisers of The Richard Harris International Film Festival again to arrange for the submission of their budget for consideration.

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