Cannon welcomes funding for Tuam Babies documentary

Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon has welcomed the allocation of €5.991m under the Sound & Vision 3 Broadcasting Funding Scheme to 126 radio and television projects, among them a feature length documentary on the Tuam Babies, to be entitled Limbo.

Minister Cannon said he is very pleased with this announcement from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI ) which has allocated funding amounting to €5.991m to 126 radio and television projects.

“Of this, funding of €5.368m has been allocated to 33 TV projects, while 93 radio projects have been allocated €622k in this round and the implementation of the funding rounds is a key support in delivering on the BAI strategic themes of ‘Promoting Plurality & Diversity, Enhancing Innovation and Sectoral Sustainability and, Empowering Audiences’.

“We have seen in the recent TG4 docudrama Murdair Mhám Trasna just how powerful a medium television can be in informing about the past and among the projects to receive funding is a feature-length documentary, Limbo, on the Tuam Babies scandal, told through the eyes of campaigner Catherine Corless and to be broadcast on RTÉ One.

“The documentary is an art-form in its own right and we should not underestimate its ability to inform and encourage critical thinking. I understand that the BAI will now commence contract negotiations with all successful applicants,” concluded Minister Cannon.

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