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Irish Film Board budget remains stuck below 2008 levels – Tóibín

11 October, 2017

Sinn Féin Culture Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has rebuked Minister Humphrey’s passiveness at the Cabinet table at having allowed the funding to the Irish film sector to remain below 2008 levels.

The Meath West TD said:

“The Irish Film industry employs over 10,000 people. It is worth hundreds of millions of euro to the Irish economy. It allows us to express ourselves creatively and it allows us an important opportunity to see our story portrayed on screen.

“It is also priceless with regards educating and entertaining people around the world as to who we are. There is no doubt that this eases the travel of Irish people, products and services globally. This is an enormously important benefit. Yet, Minister Humphreys has allowed the funding to the sector to remain below 2008 levels. North of Ireland Screen the northern equivalent, despite operating with a population base of half the southern jurisdiction, has a larger budget.   

“I don’t know if Minister Humphreys is up for the fight. The paucity of investment is also seen in the Gaeltacht. Údarás na Gaeltachta remains the only enterprise agency in the state that is still operating on slashed budgets. These sectors within the Culture, Heritage Department offer the state real opportunity for creativity and economic development. Yet, they lack Ministerial aspiration and determination.” 

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