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Cross-Border Co-operation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (261)

Mary Lou McDonald


261. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the details of her Department’s current cross-Border initiatives, goods and or services committed to and the funding allocated to each for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form. [53872/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department has responsibility for two of the North-South Bodies Implementation Bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement: Tourism Ireland ( and An Foras Teanga / the Language Body ( Details for the funding of these bodies for 2021 is available in the Revised Estimates Volume 2021.

In addition to the above, my Department provides support for a number of cross-border projects and also projects and initiatives which have a cross-border element and details of those programmes are outlined in the table below.

Other than as specified details of funding allocations for 2022 and 2023 are not currently available and will be announced in due course.

Cross Border Initiatives

Funding 2021

In 2021, 13 projects received support under the Cooperation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme which provides support, for small self-contained projects which seek to enhance, celebrate or commemorate the artistic, cultural, musical, film or heritage of the island of Ireland on a North/South basis


As set out below a number of local authorities have utilised funding allocated under the Creative Communities initiative to support cross-border initiatives with their counterparts in Northern Ireland:

- Monaghan County Council – Bordering Realities – Digital Animation Project

- Donegal County Council – Colmcille 1500 Digital Schools Folklore Project

- Meath County Council – Colmcille 1500 Digital Animation project

- Cavan County Council - Beyond Borders Together Online

Details of final funding allocations will not be available until year end

Under the Community Strand of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Programme (, funding of €1.94m was allocated to local authorities in 2021 to support their leading role in developing community-led, commemorative activities. A number of local authorities have engaged in cross-border initiatives. Under the Historical and Creative Expression Strands of the Programme , €29,800 has been allocated to the Gallery of Photography under the theme: Reflecting on the Past Building for the Future for two initiatives with a cross-border element including:

- National Centenaries Image Bank 2021 – 2023;

- Cherish diversity: Photo Album of the Irish (Ulster), marking the Centenary of Partition

Under Project Ireland 2040, funding of €2.5m was allocated in 2019 to the Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury research project to the end of 2022. This project, which is led by Trinity College Dublin, will lead to an open-access, fully immersive, 3D virtual reality model of the digitally reconstructed Public Record Office of Ireland to be launched in 2022 to mark the centenary of the fire that destroyed the Public Record Office in the opening engagement of the Civil War. The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is one of 5 core archival project partners.

- Beyond 2022 - Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury project.

Details of funding allocations will not be available until year end.€12,000



Under the New Decade New Approach Agreement (NDNA) €1.2m is to be provided for the promotion of Irish Language broadcasting in Northern Ireland each year for the period 2021-2023. €1m is being provided to the Irish Language Broadcast Fund administered by Northern Ireland Screen for content production and €100,000 each to RT? and TG4 for the promotion of the Irish Language in Northern Ireland.