23 January 2007: Arts Council welcomes publication of the National Development Plan

The Arts Council welcomes today’s publication of the National Development Plan, and particularly welcomes the Culture Programme and the planned investment of €1.13 billion in culture. It is fitting that arts and culture should play an important role in a National Development Plan and to be taking a prominent place amongst the other programmes of the plan.

The plan’s aim is a better quality of life for all. The arts have a key role to play in that and we acknowledge the role arts and culture is being given to help develop a balanced society. The plan emphasises the Government’s commitment to universal access to arts and cultural facilities. We support the proposal in the Plan for a new ACCESS Programme to aid arts and culture facilities across the country.

It will be important in the development of arts and culture facilities that annual budgetary resources over the course of the plan are sufficient to ensure there is programming possible for venues throughout the country. The Arts Council’s objective is for annual funding for the arts to reach €100 million in 2008 to enable touring and other initiatives throughout the country.

The North-South dimensions of the Plan are unique and welcome. We hope the arts and culture will feature in the North-South dimensions of it and will be pleased to play a role in this co-operation.

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Issued by: Joe Stuart,
Press and Communications Officer,
The Arts Council,
01-618 0235

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