18/01/16

DAHG focuses on cultural infrastructure investment, heritage tourism, film sector growth and supporting artists as part of APJ 2016

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday) said that her Department is focussing on a range of sectors and initiatives to help boost job creation as part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2016, including investment in major cultural infrastructure projects; expanding the film and TV sector; supporting employment in the Gaeltacht; and the development of a range of heritage tourism initiatives.

Key Departmental actions in the APJ 2016 include:

  • Investment in cultural heritage projects as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, including a new visitor centre at the GPO; restoration of Nos 14-17 Moore Street; new visitor facilities at Teach an Phiarsaigh, Ros Muc
  • Cultural infrastructure projects at the National Archives, the National Gallery and the National Library
  • Creating up to 1,000 new jobs in the film and audio visual sector, by supporting up to 32 projects and addressing skills needs in the sector
  • Supporting the creation of 500 new jobs in the Gaeltacht
  • Supporting Irish artists and arts organisations at home and abroad
  • Enhancing genealogy tourism through ongoing development of cultural digitisation initiatives
  • The roll out of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme to support local heritage projects

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“Our language, culture and heritage contribute enormously to making Ireland an attractive place to live in, to invest in and to visit. The economic recovery will allow for increased investment in the arts, heritage and Gaeltacht sectors in the year ahead and my Department will contribute to job creation across a range of sectors in 2016, including tourism, the arts and the audio visual sector.

“The 2016 Action Plan for Jobs includes commitments to promote Irish art and artists worldwide and to support a wide range of arts venues, festivals, arts organisations and touring initiatives around Ireland. We will continue to support digitisation projects, which will be a boost to genealogy tourism as more and more people seek to explore their Irish roots.

“The recent success of the Irish film industry has underlined the importance of Government support for the sector. My Department is increasing funding for the Irish Film Board this year, which will allow for up to 32 film and TV projects to be supported. We want to help increase jobs in the audio visual sector by up to 1,000.

“The Government will invest in a range of major cultural infrastructure projects in the year ahead. This includes the heritage projects being developed as part of Ireland 2016, such as the new visitor centres at the GPO and Teach an Phiarsaigh, and the new Tenement Museum. Other major projects include the refurbishment at the National Gallery, the expansion of the National Archives and the development of the Cork Events Centre.

“Investing in our culture, language and heritage is not just good for society, is it good for the economy. My Department will make a significant contribution to job creation in the year ahead by boosting tourism, generating employment in the construction and heritage sectors, supporting artists and arts organisations and investing in our audio visual sector.”

ENDS

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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