Tuesday, 14 November 2017
I will clarify my comments. There are five pillars in the Creative Ireland programme. Pillar 1 concerns children, Pillar 2 concerns community, Pillar 3 concerns cultural institutions, Pillar 4 concerns media production and Pillar 5 aims to unify our global message to the world. What I am saying is very clear. We want to let people know the rich and varied cultural offering we have in this country and let them know that Ireland is a good place to come to live, invest, work or study. That is the purpose of Pillar 5.
There seems to be a confusion in Deputy Wallace's comments. Creative Ireland is a legacy programme for 2016. Culture 2025 is my Department's cultural policy and will soon be finished. It went through the Oireachtas committee and has come back and we are finalising it. I see Creative Ireland as the implementing body capable of implementing the actions and policies in Culture 2025. We want to spread culture and creativity right across Irish society, starting with children, communities, cultural institutions, media and our global message to the world.