‘Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage 2018-2027’ under Project Ireland 2040

Government of Ireland
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Project Ireland 2040 is the Government of Ireland's long-term overarching strategy to make Ireland a better country for all of its people. The objective is to provide better social, economic and cultural infrastructure so that every individual and every part of the country can reach its potential. As part of this strategy, the Government of Ireland published their ten year plan 'Investing in our Culture, Language & Heritage 2018-2027' which sets out the commitment to a EU1.2 billion ($1.4bn) capital investment programme which aims to underpin the aspirations for our culture and creativity with solid infrastructural foundations. The Plan will help to promote Ireland and celebrate it as a centre of cultural excellence, a source of rich natural and built heritage and the home of one of Europe's oldest and richest languages.

The Plan includes the following priorities;

* Strengthen Ireland's reputation as a leader in the cultural arena through the development of a world class network of cultural and heritage infrastructure;
* Allow greater cultural participation by citizens all across Ireland through increasing the capacity of the entire cultural sector;
* Address longstanding infrastructural issues in our National Cultural Institutions;
* Enhance arts and culture centres throughout the country;
* Secure our national literary and archaeological collections through the provision of storage facilities of an international standard;
* Develop a vibrant Media Production and Audio Visual sector, bringing new economic opportunities across Ireland, through increased Government support; and
* Develop the sustainable tourism potential of our culture and heritage infrastructure through ongoing partnership with Failte Ireland.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media undertook EU35.04m ($40.1m) in capital expenditure relating to Culture in 2019, the second year of Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage.

Since the launch of the plan 'Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage, 2018- 2027', work has progressed on a broad range of capital works including redevelopments at a number of our National Cultural Institutions;

As part of the Plan, in 2019 the Government announced the EU4.7m ($5.5m) capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres across the country. Applications were invited for the Cultural Capital Scheme which will run from 2019-2022. The Scheme will focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres that operate as not-for-profit organisations throughout the country and that have a clearly defined arts and culture focus.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

EU1.2bn ($1,36bn) in capital funding for culture, heritage and our language over a ten year period.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Government of Ireland
Public Sector
National Cultural Institutions
Public Sector
Local Authorities
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)
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