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€300m for arts

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:57pm

Ireland’s arts and culture industries have received a boost with funding of over €300 million.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD announced the package for Ireland’s cultural and creative heritage on Tuesday.

The Department has secured a €13 million funding increase including an €8.5 million boost for arts and culture to accelerate the Creative Ireland Programme, which was launched last year.

Highlights include:

• An additional €3 million (five per cent increase) for the Arts Council, bringing its budget to €68 million

• A €1.5 million (nine per cent) increase for the Irish Film Board

• Department funding to Local Authorities for Creative Ireland initiatives doubled

• An extra €2.5 million for the Irish language and the Gaeltacht

However Dave McCarthy, a voluntary arts administrator in Cork, was unimpressed.

He said: “The Government could have given a modest tax incentive to property owners to rent vacant premises to community arts groups. They could have tasked local authority arts officers to facilitate arts organisations by helping them to identify and develop premises. We got nothing.”

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