Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (188, 189)

Derek Nolan

Question:

190 Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the regional support fund for the film industry here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35646/12]

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Derek Nolan

Question:

194 Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the specific policy that exists for the development of the film industry outside of Dublin/Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35767/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 194 together.

The Irish Film Board (IFB) is the statutorily independent agency responsible for the promotion and development of the Irish film industry and I have no responsibility in relation to its day-to-day operational matters, including policies and the allocation of resources to support programmes, as referred to by the Deputy.

I understand that the IFB no longer operates a specific regional support scheme and that all supports for production funding are now allocated from one scheme, covering all of the country. Details in this regard are available on the IFB website at www.irishfilmboard.ie.