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Irish ministers pledge €285m spending on natural and built heritage

Words: Roger Milne
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The Irish Government has vowed to invest €285 million in the country’s natural and built heritage as it unveiled a blueprint setting out capital investment of almost €1.2 billion in Ireland’s culture, language and heritage over the next decade.

Also promised is a €200 million investment in the country’s media production and audiovisual industries, and a €40 million programme of investment in cultural infrastructure across all regions. This will support the maintenance and development of regional arts centres, theatres, regional museums, galleries, archives, multi-use facilities and artists’ studios.

Under the €285 million heritage programme, ministers have committed to a €50 million programme of investment in Ireland’s national parks and nature reserves as well as spending €85 million on the historic environment.  

This will include initiatives to revitalise the historic cores of urban centres, restoration of the Ulster Canal and inland waterways, the maintenance and protection of heritage assets like Valentia Island Cable Station and investments to bring historic buildings back into use.

The government has allocated €60 million to protecting and conserving the built heritage, including National Monuments through both the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund.

A total of €15 million will also go towards supporting Galway European Capital of Culture 2020.

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