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Official Statement from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha

Official Statement from An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha

In view of the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the ongoing daily atrocities being inflicted on the citizens of Ukraine, the Executive of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha has been left with no option other than to terminate, with immediate effect, all contracts with Russian enterprises for all registered competitions and events worldwide. This includes the forthcoming Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne – the World Irish Dancing Championships, scheduled to take place between 10th and 17th April 2022.

Furthermore, from 24th March 2022 and until further notice, dancers from Russia will not be allowed to participate, in any way, in competitions or events, registered under the auspices of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha.

Whilst we are critically aware of the impact that this will have on the Irish Dance Community in Russia, we cannot, and must not, remain silent on the senseless injustices being perpetrated on the Ukrainian people. As a cultural organisation, we have consistently maintained our apolitical status since our foundation in 1930, and the above decisions were only taken after due diligence and full consideration.

 

James McCutcheon

Cathaoirleach

An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha

 

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