The €1.18 billion national investment plan for culture, language and heritage will greatly benefit Galway and the West of Ireland. The ten-year ‘Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage’ plan sets out he objectives of the Government for investment in culture, heritage and the Irish language and the Islands and was launched today (Tuesday) by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD.
Communities in Galway and the West are among the beneficiaries of this landmark plan which will see significantly increased investment in culture and arts facilities, heritage sites, the Irish language and outdoor recreational facilities, among others.
Of particular benefit to Galway and the West is the €15 million Government funding to support Galway as the 2020 European Capital of Culture. The funding is the largest, single contribution to this programme for our city and county and will help realise many of the flagship projects that the Galway 2020 team are, in conjunction with numerous community groups, planning for the year.
Galway’s Gaeltacht communities, which are vital to the continuation and development of our native language, will be supported through an investment programme of €178 million over ten years. Udaras na Gaeltachta will be supported with a €105 million fund to create and sustain jobs and invest in facilities such as Pairc na Mara in Cill Chiarain and sites throughout Connemara. Funding will also ensure upgrades to Summer College facilities, new co-op offices on Inis Meain and the development of tourism facilities in Ceantair na n Oilean.
Galway will also benefit from the €40 million fund ring-fenced for local arts and culture infrastructure (to be incorporated in the Regional, Spatial and Economic Plans), investment in outdoor infrastructure and trails at locations including Connemara National Park, and a Regional Production Fund which aims to assist with TV and Film production outside of Dublin.
‘Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage’ is a powerful statement of the value we place on culture and the arts, on the Irish language, on island communities and on creativity. With this plan we are working to facilitate greater culture participation, enhance arts and culture centres, support the Irish language and develop island infrastructure, invest in our National Parks and our built heritage and ultimately invest in projects, programme and facilities which benefit each and every community across the country.”