This Government recently launched Project Ireland 2040; a comprehensive national planning framework and associated 10-year National Development Plan. Project Ireland 2040 explicitly recognises that our culture, language and heritage are an essential part of the sustainable development of the country.
This acknowledgement of the centrality of culture and creativity to our national development is unprecedented in this type of statutory planning framework, as is the commitment to investment in excess of €1 billion in our culture and heritage over the next 10 years. Of this investment some €725 million will be invested directly in our cultural infrastructure, in our creative industries and in enhancing cultural experience for our citizens. As outlined in Project Ireland 2040, €460 million will be spent on the National Cultural Institutions Investment Programme. As part of this programme there will be a significant investment in the National Museum of Ireland, which is currently in the process of developing a comprehensive 15 year development plan for all of its sites including Collins Barracks.
I will shortly launch my Department's plan for investment in Culture, Language and Heritage.