The Chair of the Arts Council, Sheila Pratschke, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan of €75m funding to the Arts Council for 2019.

“We are delighted with the announcement of €75m in funding for 2019 which represents almost a €7m increase on our 2018 funding,” said Pratschke.

“This is a major increase in investment in the arts and demonstrates a genuine understanding by Government of the important role of the arts in all our lives and in the life of the nation.”

“This investment affirms the Government’s commitment to place the arts and culture at the centre of government policy and is a further endorsement of the ambitions laid out in Project Ireland 2040 and Global Ireland 2025.”

“The figure of €75m allows the Arts Council to move forward with confidence, providing additional support to artists, enabling organisations to create work of excellence and allowing people across the country have access to high-quality arts experiences.”

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Screen Ireland also reacted positively to news of increased funding and incentives for the sector.

“Earlier this year, Minister Madigan announced the Audiovisual Action Plan, an industry-wide, long-term vision, to support the Government’s ambition to enable Ireland to become a global hub for the creative screen industries,” said Screen Ireland Chair, Dr Annie Doorna.

“Therefore, we also very much welcome the extension of Section 481, the Irish tax incentive for the film and television industries until December 2024. 2018 has been an incredibly successful year to date, with Ireland welcoming a large number of major international productions to our shores.”

“Consistent government support for Section 481 is imperative to enable Screen Ireland to promote Ireland as an attractive international destination for film and TV production.”

“The regional uplift to Section 481 of 5% will also provide an additional incentive to increase Irish and international production activity from Cork to Limerick, from Galway to Donegal, developing jobs and investment across the regions. We also look forward to working with the Government to ensure that the process of implementing section 481 continues to be improved upon.”

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