If you didn't get your application in on time, then you didn't get your application in on time. End of story. Or it should be. Councillors should not do the bidding of people who aren't organised enough to get their forms filled out on time and submitted on time.
died on May 31st 2011; her body was removed from the house on June 1st. I had the Over The Edge Galway City
Council arts grant filled out the
previous week and ready to go, though the deadline was a couple of weeks away.
I knew Mom was dying and that I needed to have the form filled out before that
happened because, otherwise, it mightn't get done. I watched the hearse take Mom
around the Seamus Quirke Road roundabout one last time on Wednesday, June 1st 2011
and then picked up our completed application form and walked to City Hall to
deliver it to the Arts Office. Despite the pressure we were under we still got
it in more than a week before the deadline.
If you didn't get you application in on
time this year, the sympathy I have for you is very, very small. And
Councillors shouldn't be pandering to you by putting back the decision on this
year's Arts Grants, just because they're afraid you might write whiney auld
letters to the local newspapers.
No one should get an Arts Grant, or more of
a grant, because they
make representations to Councillors and follow those representations up by
writing mad letters to the City Tribune. There is a silent majority out here
and any member of Galway City Council who panders to wasters and whiners won't
get so much as a number 12 from me next year.
Here is a relevant poem.