Galway's year as European Capital of Culture has been further impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Most staff at the company set up to manage the event have been temporarily laid off and the contract with the Creative Director for Galway 2020 has been ended. 

While the board of the company is still hoping to run a "contracted" programme of events, many productions have been cancelled already and others will be severely curtailed. 

It is understood that the cultural partners were made aware of the latest developments during the course of a teleconference they had this morning, among themselves, to discuss the ongoing difficulties.

In a letter to the organisations contracted to develop work for Galway 2020, the company’s CEO Patricia Philbin said the future of the project was now being considered. 

She said that the focus was now on checking "the viability of a revised programme of events", which may take place later this year. 

Ms Philbin said she believed the arts would be needed more than ever to lift the nation's spirit when restrictions in place due to Covid-19 are lifted.