As TD for Galway West/Mayo South and as Chairman of the Fine Gael Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Committee I welcome the additional funding of €735,000 which is being provided to complete the Picture Palace Cinema in Galway.
The funding is being allocated by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys to Galway City Council in a partnership between the Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Solas Picture Palace Limited.
The Department of Arts has provided funding of €1.9 million to date for the new three-screen art house cinema which will have a capacity for 329 people and will include a cafe and bookshop.
This new funding is very welcome and will help ensure the completion of this cultural facility for Galway which will serve both locals and visitors to our city and county.
The creative industries are hugely important to Galway and the West enriching our region culturally, boosting our tourism sector but also generating some €72 million and supporting over 600 jobs in the local economy.
Today’s funding is a major boost to Galway’s creative economy which already boasts the International Arts Festival, the Film Fleadh, the Druid Theatre Company as well as other festivals and groups around the city and county on top of the coveted designation as UNESCO City of Film.
The Picture Palace will join these festivals and organisations in strengthening our city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture for 2020.