29/09/15

Minister Humphreys announces €300m capital investment package for heritage and culture

The Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Tuesday) announced a €300 million cultural and heritage investment programme, under the Government’s Exchequer Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021, to protect, promote and develop our culture and heritage.

Key highlights include:

  • Cultural Infrastructure – €70 million to support the development of arts and cultural infrastructure including funding for our National Cultural Institutions, a new €18 million package of investment in regional arts and cultural centres and projects at the National Archives and the National Concert Hall which are being funded under the Government’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme,
  • The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme – €30.8 million in total is being allocated to projects being delivered as part of Ireland 2016, which includes the visitor and commemorative centres at the GPO, Moore Street and the new Tenement Museum
  • Heritage investment – €56.5 million in supports for heritage initiatives over the period 2016-2021
  • Peatlands Restoration – €9 million over the duration of the framework to restore peatlands

Speaking today, Minister Humphreys said:

“I have consistently made the argument that as the economy improves we must invest in our culture and heritage. This €300 million investment package will provide an important boost to the arts and cultural sector.

“A key element of the programme is a new €18 million investment programme in arts and cultural centres across the country. This will allow for a grant scheme worth €3 million to be rolled out for each year of the plan and will provide much needed investment in regional arts and cultural centres. Arts centres are important focal points in so many communities, and I know that many of them are in need of repairs and will warmly welcome this investment.

“The Ireland 2016 Centenary programme is my main priority for the year ahead. The investment package includes more than €30 million for capital projects which will being are delivered as part of Ireland 2016, such as the National Concert Hall and National Archives, Teach an Phiarsaigh and the Tenement Museum. It also includes funding for the acquiring of Nos 14-17 Moore Street, and the development of a commemorative centre at the site.

“Our built and natural heritage will also benefit; a total of €56.5 million will be invested in heritage over the period of the framework. This includes €9 million to continue the programme of peatlands restoration and more than €22 million will be invested in built heritage initiatives.

“The Capital Investment Framework announced today is consistent with the Government’s plans to promote regional economic growth, jobs and recovery. The arts, cultural and heritage sectors are very important in this regard, as investment in the arts contributes so positively to the wellbeing and vibrancy of communities across the country, while boosting tourism and local employment opportunities.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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