05/12/2014 Minister Humphreys secures agreement with Minister Howlin to provide additional €2 million in funding for National Cultural Institutions
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday) announced that she has secured an agreement with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, to provide an additional €2 million in funding for the National Cultural Institutions as part of the Revised Estimates, to be published later this month.
Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:
“I am pleased to have secured an agreement with Minister Howlin to provide an additional €2 million in funding for our National Cultural Institutions.
“I have been engaged in ongoing discussions with senior management at a number of our Cultural Institutions, including the National Museum and the National Library, about addressing their funding challenges. The additional funding secured will be used to deal with a number of issues across the Cultural Institutions.
“Our National Cultural Institutions are an essential component of our cultural fabric. Through their collections and exhibitions they make a huge contribution to our society. I am committed to prioritising and promoting the arts as our economy continues to improve.
“Following several difficult years, I was pleased to be in a position to protect funding for the Cultural Institutions in the context of Budget 2015. Following regular engagement with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Minister Howlin, I am now delighted to be in a position to deliver a considerable amount of extra funding for the Cultural Institutions for the year ahead.”