The rising cost of insurance cover is putting the Galway Community Circus in jeopardy.
The not-for-profit youth and social circus school in Galway city is the latest organisation to fall victim to Ireland's mounting insurance crisis.
Failure to secure adequate insurance renewal forced the organisation to cancel all classes last week for their 650 members, while its flagship project for Galway 2020 EU Capital of Culture next year - which would have seen young people tight-wire walking across the River Corrib - is also in jeopardy.
In a statement, the Galway Community Circus says its school reopened today with restricted insurance cover, but 20% of the school classes and activities are on hold.
Failure to resolve the situation could result in the loss of up to 20 jobs.
650 young people from the Galway area come through the doors of the centre weekly, and the Galway Community Circus says that, without national insurance reform, the organisation is in immediate danger of not being able to offer services to the community.