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SPI welcomes additional IFB funding allocation

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SPI welcomes additional funding allocation of €500K for the Irish Film Board

Yesterday, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, announced that the Irish Film Board would receive an additional €500K.

This will come from an additional €5 million in funding she has secured for her Department in 2016.  The funding was secured as part of the 2016 Revised Estimates.

Reacting to the announcement Barbara Galavan, CEO of Screen Producers Ireland, said:

“Capital funding for the Irish Film Board has been reduced by 44% since 2008. Therefore the additional allocation announced yesterday is welcome. We see it as a step in the right direction and an acknowledgement by Government of the acute need for an increase in Capital funding for the Irish Film Board which we hope will be achieved next year”.

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See below for full Press Release from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Press Release

Thursday, 17th December 2015
 
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Minister Humphreys welcomes additional funding allocation of €5m for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
 
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday) announced that she has secured an additional €5 million in funding for her Department in 2016.  It brings the total 2016 allocation for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to over €315 million - an increase of almost 14% on the 2015 allocation.
 
The additional funding breaks down as follows:

  • €2 million for the new Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina

  • An additional €1 million for the Arts Council for 2016

  • An additional €1 million for Údarás na Gaeltachta

  • A €500,000 boost for the Irish Film Board, soon to be Screen Ireland

  • An extra €500,000 in support for the Heritage Council

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:


“This funding, secured as part of the 2016 Revised Estimates, will allow for additional support for a number of key areas under my Department. I am particularly pleased that, thanks to the economic recovery, we are now in a position to support delivery of Ireland's first ever Presidential Library, The Mary Robinson Centre. 
 
A number of bodies under my Department's aegis, namely the Arts Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Heritage Council and the Irish Film Board, will greatly benefit from these increased allocations in 2016.
 
The additional funding for the Arts Council will allow them to enhance support to arts organisations around the country on both a small and large scale, further demonstrating the importance attached to supporting our widely recognised artistic and cultural strengths.
 
The increased 2016 allocation for the Heritage Council will safeguard and enhance the delivery of its wide range of programmes including the funding of Heritage Officers, Heritage Week, Heritage in Schools, the Discovery Programme, the Irish Landmark Trust, the Irish Walled Towns Network and the community grants programme.
 
In the week of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I am very pleased to be announcing increased support for the Irish Film Board. This increased investment will maximise the benefits brought about by the increase in the cap on eligible expenditure for the Section 481 film tax credit to €70 million, as announced as part of Budget 2016.”


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