Thursday, 7 July 2016

Questions (56)

Mick Barry

Question:

56. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to report on work being done in her Department to deliver the Culture 2025 strategy. [19893/16]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

Considerable 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 on-going. This expert committee has broad representation across arts and cultural interests.

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to the publication of Culture 2025 as a priority. 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. My Department is continuing to consider inputs on the draft document from the Steering and Expert Groups which I established and I expect to forward a draft for consideration to the relevant Oireachtas Committee shortly.