Written Answers. - Cultural Development Incentives Scheme.
Eric J. ByrneCeist:
Mr. E. Byrne
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
the projects which have been approved for funding under the cultural development incentives scheme; the plans, if any, he has for the further development of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mr. B. Smith
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht
the proposals, if any, he has to ensure that all regions of the country secure a fair allocation of funding under the cultural development incentives scheme, 1994 to 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 46 together.
I propose to circulate for the information of all Deputies, details of the 24 projects which I have to date approved, in principle, for funding under the Cultural Development Incentives Scheme (CDIS).
Following my approval, in principle, of funding towards the cost of developing these 24 projects under Phase I of the CDIS, a sum of some £5 million remains to be allocated. I can now confirm that it is my intention to allocate this amount following a second and final call for applications which will be made towards the end of this month. Following this process I hope to be in a position to announce details of successful projects in the spring of 1997.
I do not accept that there has not been fair allocation of funding. The allocation of funding is determined primarily on the basis of a comparative analysis of the quality of all applications received by the advisory committee established by me for this purpose. While this committee made its recommendations primarily on the merits of each individual application, it was also made aware of my commitment to develop an arts and culture infrastructure in the regions. This concern will be taken into account by the committee in its deliberations on the applications I will receive as a result of the CDIS being readvertised, just as it did during the process which resulted in grant assistance being offered to the projects announced earlier this year.
Cultural Development Incentives Scheme.
Details of the 24 projects and the amount of funding approved in principle are as follows:
—the provision of a modern theatre facility in Letterkenny, County Donegal — £1,500,000;
—the provision of a modern arts centre in the old Courthouse, Portlaoise, County Laois — £1,300,000;
—the development of, and extension to, existing facilities at the Cork Public Museum — £900,000;
—the renovation and extension of the Waterford Theatre Royal, a unique victorian horseshoe theatre, bringing the venue up to modern contemporary theatre standards — £562,000;
—the restoration and refurbishment to contemporary theatre standards of the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork City — £350,000;
—the development of the Limerick City Gallery of Art into a modern gallery facility through a comprehensive conversion of, and extension to the existing facilities — £687,500;
—the provision of a 200 seat art house cinema in Cork City — £100,000;
—the provision of a modern art centre in Edenville House, Roscommon — £250,000;
—the development of a cultural centre, including theatre facilities, at Doolin, County Clare — £90,000;
—the provision of additional theatre facilities at the Cork Opera House, Cork City — £375,000;
—the conversion of the old cinema in Macroom, County Cork, to provide a theatre and associated facilities — £150,000;
—the development of a modern multi-purpose theatre facility in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin — £1,000,000;
—the provision of a modern arts centre, including theatre facilities, at Blanchardstown, Dublin 15— £1,100,000;
—the development of a modern theatre facility at Tallaght, Dublin 24 — £1,100,000;
—the development of additional arts and cultural facilities at the Hugh Lane Gallery/National Ballroom, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 — £500,000;
—the development of theatre and exhibition facilities at the Northside Arts Centre, Woodville House, Coolock, Dublin 17 — £300,000;
—the renovation of and extension to the Galway Arts Centre, Galway City — £250,000;
—the development of a cultural centre on Inis Oirr, County Galway — £90,000;
—the authentic reconstruction of a 19th century emigrant vessel in Tralee, County Kerry — £750,000;
—the provision of an exhibition — gallery space and arts facilities at Westport, County Mayo — £140,000;
—the provision of a modern arts centre and theatre at Oxmanstown Hall, Birr, County Offaly, through a comprehensive conversion and extension to the existing facility — £250,000;
—the renovation of and extension to existing facilities at the Tipperary South Riding County Museum, Clonmel — £750,000.
—the provision of an arts centre and the upgrading of existing theatre facilities at the County Hall, Mullingar, County Westmeath — £750,000;
—the renovation of and extension to existing facilities at St. Michael's Theatre (Feachtas), New Ross, County Wexford — £250,000.