PAEI (Performing Arts Educators Ireland) - We Need Answers

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We are PAEI (performing arts educators of Ireland) we have over 270 schools and professional teachers signed up across Ireland and this number is growing daily. These include theatre schools, stage schools, music schools, dance schools, ballet schools and drama schools. We set up as a direct result of the Covid 19 pandemic to give a voice & support to the performing arts educators of Ireland.

There are huge concerns over the lack of clarity from yesterday's announcements. A lot of our members are in the middle of running Covid compliant summer camps at present whilst others are working tirelessly to prepare their schools for a safe return in September alongside our national, primary and secondary schools. At a conservative estimate there are over 70,000 children and young adults attending performing arts classes on a weekly basis and we are very concerned that in the eyes of the government we don’t exist. We are independent sole traders providing employment, paying rents / rates and contributing to society. We also provide an essential service to our communities and a very important role to play in the physical and mental health and well being of our young people.

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