Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (38)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

38. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the projected spending increase for her Department under the national development plan in 2018, 2019 and 2020. [10096/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

Project Ireland 2040 – the National Planning Framework and associated 10 year National Development Plan – 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 our culture and creativity, of our language and community and of our built and natural heritage to our national development is unprecedented in this type of planning framework.

Project Ireland has made provision for a €1 billion investment in our culture and heritage over the 10 years of the plan.  This is in addition to an investment of €178 million in the Irish language and in our Gaeltacht and Island communities.  This investment will be delivered, as follows, over the next three years:

-          €54 million in 2018;

-          €75 million in 2019; and

-          €76 million in 2020.

My Department has also been advised that the allocations for 2021 and 2022 will be €80 million and €110 million, more than double the 2018 allocation, respectively.