Ministers Madigan and Kyne reflect on landmark Dáil term which put Biodiversity, Creativity and Culture at heart of Government policy
- Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists scheme extended giving more self-employed artists in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance for the first year the ability to focus on their artistic work and developing their portfolio.
- Per Cent for Art Scheme Updated to include measures to significantly increase funding for Public Art. Under the new scheme announced by Minister Madigan, the top band will be increased to €50m meaning 500k could be spent on a work of art.
- Cultural Ambassadors appointed – five high-profile figures from Ireland’s arts and culture community appointed to promote Ireland globally as part of the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 initiative.
- Culture Ireland Global Ireland 2025 Conferencetook place in Dublin Castle. A key part of the Government’s Global Ireland 2025 initiative, stakeholders in the arts world came together to debate how Ireland can strategically strengthen and advance its renowned distinctive global reputation for creativity.
- Increasing protection for Irish biodiversity – An order obliging public bodies to increase protection for Ireland’s biodiversity was signed by Minister Josepha Madigan.
- Scholarship Fund for DEIS schools to enable 50 students – who attend DEIS secondary schools – to attend Irish colleges during the summer for the first time.
- New fund for third level students established which would provide students with the opportunity to live with Gaeltacht families for entire semester
- Online Provision of training to Irish teachers new online facility for the teaching of Irish to adult learners to replace the diploma in teaching Irish to adult learners run by Lárionad na Gaeilge in Maynooth University.
Reflecting on a busy Dáil term Minister Madigan Josepha Madigan TD said: “In looking back it has been filled with so many great achievements, successes and memories. “We have placed great importance on the promotion of culture and creativity, both home and abroad. Our newly appointed Cultural Ambassadors will endeavour to raise the public focus on arts and culture as a means of promoting Ireland globally. The Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists Scheme provides much needed security to allow artists to be able to focus on their artistic work and develop their portfolios without the added pressure of seeking employment.
“We have also placed great importance on our efforts to address biodiversity loss, with the introduction of an order obliging all public bodies to inform the Department of measures that they are carrying out to promote the conservation of biodiversity and the National Biodiversity Action Plan.”
Minister of State Kyne said: “Over this Dáil term we have made good progress on the implementation of the Five Year Action for the Irish Language and have provided enhanced supports for the language and for Gaeltacht and island communities.
In particular, we have launched new programmes such as the Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme for DEIS pupils, and the Seimeastar na Gaeltachta – an Erasmus-like Programme for the Irish language, and have expanded other key supports such as the Cúntóirí Teanga Scheme.
Work is at an advanced stage too on the new Official Languages Bill as well as a new whole-of-Government islands’ strategy. I look forward to working on these and other issues over the summer and into the new Dáil term. ”