Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
456. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will outline her plans to increase funding in the arts over the lifetime of the Government; and her views on whether funding for the Arts Council and Irish Film Board should be doubled. [37101/16]
The Programme for a Partnership Governmentcontains a very important commitment to work to progressively increase funding to the arts, including the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board, as the economy continues to improve.
In Budget 2017, I secured significant additional funding for the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. The increase in the Arts Council's allocation in 2017 is € 5 million, or 8%, and will assist the Council greatly in implementing its 10-year strategy Making Great Art Work(2016-2025).
In Budget 2017, I also securedan increase of €2 million for the Irish Film Board, representing a 14% increase in its annual budget. This increase in funding will allow the Board to invest more in Irish talent in the year ahead and follows on from a very successful year for the Irish film sector, particularly the indigenous film sector.