A cabinet minster is unable to say whether or not public funds have been awarded to An Smaoineamh Mór, the company behind Your Country Your Call (YCYC), or on what basis they might receive such funds.
YCYC, a competition to come up with Ideas To Save Ireland, has previously been mentioned here, mostly because I’m fascinated by the Springfield Monorail nature of some of the ideas.
But since public monies may be spent on the project, there is a serious issue behind the ribbing. Tuppenceworth has written about YCYC in detail.
Today, I attended the Green Party press conference following their “think in” and asked if Smaoineamh Mór should be registered with SIPO, if it would receive any public monies as it claims, and on what legislative basis these funds would be handed over.
Communications minister Eamon Ryan answered the question. His answer was to the point. “I don’t know whether any money has been given and I in regard to what the legislative change or requirements are,” Mr Ryan said. “I’d have to look into the details of that and come back to you.”
SIPO wasn’t mentioned.
The minister then went on to praise the ideas submitted to YCYC. Audio below: GREENS003