The Government has faced further claims it has "let down" the entertainment sector as the industry awaits the announcement of the latest road map to lifting restrictions.

Speaking to RTÉ's Today with Philip Boucher Hayes, Sinn Féin's Louise O'Reilly criticised Minister for Arts Catherine Martin and claimed she had failed the entertainment industry.

Yesterday, the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 met to discuss the road map due to be announced on 31 August.

Minister Martin did not attend the discussions despite having requested to do so.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin told RTÉ's Six One yesterday that there was "never going to be a decision made" on the road map at yesterday's meeting and Ms O'Reilly highlighted this in her remarks.

"At this point coming out and saying, 'I was going to present my plan', to what we know is a meeting where that decision wouldn't have been taken, makes her look more incompetent to be frank and the industry needs better."

She said in less than three weeks time the cuts to Pandemic Unemployment Payments are going to come into effect.

"I think that is unacceptable and we would be urging government to keep the supports in place as long as they remain unable to work."


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The live music industry will have a clear date for reopening by the end of this month, Minister of State Robert Troy has said.

Speaking on the same programme, the TD for Longford/Westmeath said the Government is committed to the reopening of the live music industry.

Mr Troy claimed that stakeholders will have "certainty and clarity" on the matter in the coming weeks.

"We want to see the reopening of the live music industry. But not only that industry the trade exhibitors want to get reopened," he said.

"There's a number of sectors that I suppose are outliers, and by the end of this month Government will have published a comprehensive road map to support the reopening of the industry."

He insisted the message has been clear from ministers that this sector would be one of the last to reopen.

"As Government approach reopening the economy, we've been very clear from the outset that we're going to do it in a phased incremental basis.

"And unfortunately, there was always going to be some sectors that were at the end of that phases, and some sectors that were at the beginning," he said.

"The live music industry themselves realised that they were going to be towards the end.

"I accept their frustration. They do need clarity to do need certainty and Government is determined that we will get that before the end of this.

He described demands for a specific date for the reopening as a "very fair request, and I support that."