Meanwhile, In Government Buildings

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This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2.

Josepha Madigan (above) Minister for the Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht outlined the spending available to her department in Budget 2020 – a reported  €354 million.

Some highlights.

In heritage:

€7 million will go to peatlands restoration and conservation works, resulting in 1,800 hectares of restored peatland in 2020, 100 jobs being generated, and 28 million tonnes of carbon dioxide being stored.

An additional €1 million will be allocated to nature conservation and biodiversity programmes under the National Parks and Wildlife Service

In Irish language:

Údarás na Gaeltachta will receive an additional capital allocation of €1m bringing its core capital allocation to €10m (an increase of over 11% on 2019). as well as an additional €200k in current funding for Gaeltacht co-operatives

In culture…

Arts Council funding for 2020 has increased by €5 million to €80 million. See yesterday’s post disputing that figure here]

€7.1 million in capital funding will be provided for the European City of Culture- Galway 2020

Screen Ireland is to receive additional funding of €1 million following the government’s decision to extend the Section 481 Film tax credit to 2024 and the regional uplift of 5%.

An additional €900,000 will be allocated to the Decade of Centenaries 2020 Programme and will include commemorative events such as Bloody Sunday on November 21 and the execution of Kevin Barry on November 1.

€1 million will be provided for the start of the transferring process of the National Symphony Orchestra to the remit of the National Concert Hall.

€250,000 will be provided to the amateur theatre sector.

Budget2020: Culture minister announces details of €354m funding; Arts Council funding highest in ten years (Irish Examiner)

Yesterday: Money For God’s Sake

Rollingnews

7 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Government Buildings

  1. eoin

    “€1 million will be provided for the start of the transferring process of the National Symphony Orchestra to the remit of the National Concert Hall.”

    RTE is required by its charter/contract to maintain the NSO. So, why must the taxpayer shell out a cent so that RTE can transfer their obligation for a €5 million a year orchestra onto our shoulders. It’s a €5m a year subsidy to RTE by stealth.

    Also, any word from the shady Richard Bruton on the increased budget for “broadcasting”. Is anything extra going to loss-making RTE, and if so, what steps have been taken to ensure he’s not breaking state aid rules in providing state funding to a media enterprise in a very competitive media landscape.

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      1. The Dude

        @Jonickal

        NCH is a mile down the road from RTE. Hard to see how a million lids can be spent on bus fares. Eoin is right.

        RTE was originally set up to promote Irish culture – yet this lot specialise in banging out soundtracks from US / UK productions https://orchestras.rte.ie/performinggroup/rte-concert-orchestra/

        Why is the Irish taxpayer / TV license payer subsidising the importation / regurgitation of cultural products from elsewhere that are aleady effectively hegemonic? Get rid of RTE Full Stop.

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  2. martco

    ah well isn’t that nice. and there’s children sleeping on the floor in Store St. Garda station

    ffs. I’m sick of this bullsht country

    FG Kiphole Ireland

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  3. BobbyJ

    “€7.1 million in capital funding will be provided for the European City of Culture- Galway 2020”

    aaaaaand…it’s gone

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