Arts Act, 1951

Functions of the Council.

3.—(1) The Council shall, by such means and in such manner as they think fit,—

(a) stimulate public interest in the arts,

(b) promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts,

(c) assist in improving the standards of the arts,

(d) organise or assist in the organising of exhibitions (within or without the State) of works of art and artistic craftsmanship.

(2) The Council shall advise the Government or a member of the Government on any matter (being a matter on which knowledge and experience of the arts has a bearing) on which their advice is requested.

(3) The Council may co-operate with and assist any other persons concerned directly or indirectly with matters relating to the arts, and the assistance may include payments by the Council upon such terms and conditions as they think fit.

(4) (a) The Government may from time to time by order confer or impose on the Council such additional functions as the Government think proper and specify in the order, and any order made under this paragraph may contain such incidental and supplementary provisions as the Government think necessary or expedient for giving full effect to the order.

(b) The Government may by order revoke or amend any order made under this subsection (including this paragraph).

(c) An order under this subsection shall not come into operation unless it is confirmed by resolution of each House of the Oireachtas, but shall, as from the date of the passing of the later of those resolutions, have statutory effect.