Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Questions (617)

Joan Burton

Question:

617. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to develop a national cultural strategy up to 2025. [13606/16]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

Significant progress has been made in drafting the first National Cultural Policy - Culture 2025. This followed a major public consultation process in 2015, including a national cultural workshop held in October at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Work by my Department, the expert steering group and a wider expert committee continued on the document in early 2016 and is currently ongoing.

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to the publication of Culture 2025 as a priority and I intend to submit the draft policy to Government for consideration in the coming weeks. As I have stated previously, this first such policy will be a living document and will form the basis of an on-going dialogue with all who are interested in cultural policy.