Budget 2017: Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs (Funding)

Posted: Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced the funding allocation under Budget 2017 across a range of arts and heritage bodies under her Department's remit.

Key highlights of Budget 2017 include:

An additional €5 million for the Arts Council, an 8% increase in its annual budget;
Boosts in funding for all of the National Cultural Institutions;
€2 million to allow for the opening of the newly restored historic wings at National Gallery of Ireland and the opening of Killarney House on foot of significant capital investment by the State;
An increase of €2 million for the Irish Film Board and €1 million for Culture Ireland;
An additional €1 million to assist the Heritage Council with its work;
Funding of €5 million for implementation of Culture 2025/Ireland 2016 Legacy Programme;
A trebling in funding for the Town and Village Regeneration Scheme (€12m in total for 2017);
An additional €8 million for National Rural Development Schemes, including €5 million for the recently re-opened CLÁR Programme; and
€40 million for the delivery of the LEADER Rural Development Programme in 2017

2016 Commemorations Funding:

In 2016, once off funding of approximately €49 million was allocated to the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme under the Department's Arts, Culture and Film section; approximately €18 million in current funding and €31 million in capital.

This capital funded once off projects including the new visitor centre at the GPO, Richmond Barracks, the Kevin Barry Rooms at the National Concert Hall and the Athenaeum in Wexford.

Minister Humphreys has retained the majority of the €18 million current funding for 2017, which is now part of the baseline for the Arts division of the Department, meaning it will be available for future years.

Funding for the National Cultural Institutions:

The National Gallery of Ireland will receive an allocation of €1.5 million to facilitate the opening of its newly restored wings, following a major expansion project.

In addition, an extra €2 million is being allocated across the Cultural Institutions, which breaks down as follows:
Current Capital Total
National Gallery of Ireland €200k €200k
National Museum of Ireland €500k €150k €650k
National Library of Ireland €250k €50k €300k
National Archives of Ireland €200k €200k
National Concert Hall €150k €100k €250k
Irish Museum of Modern Art €200k €200k
Crawford Gallery €100k €100k
Chester Beatty Library €100k €100k
Total Increase €1,700k €300k €2,000k

Click here to access the full press release issued by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural, Regional and Gaeltacht Affairs.