In December 2014 the Government decided that Ireland should exercise its right to nominate a European Capital of Culture for 2020 and committed in principle at that time to provide €15m to the selected project.
The Government's support represents the largest single contribution to the overall cost of Galway 2020 as the European City of Culture which is €45.7m. The balance of the funding is sourced from city and county local authorities, and commitments from business and sponsorship. The EU Commission's award is €1.5m.
My Department officials continue to work and support the newly formed Galway 2020 Company with the preparations for delivery of the programme, "Making Waves". The Board of Galway 2020 Company is now finalised following a skills set analysis and Dr. Aideen Mc Ginley has been appointed as Chairperson, with Declan McGonagle serving as my Department's representative.
The Board comprises a very broad range of experts striking a balance between artistic and governance expertise. On 17th January, this year, I met with the CEO Ms. Hannah Kiely, and I have accepted an invitation to meet with the wider team of Galway2020 in the not too distant future.
I also note that the new Pálás art house cinema, largely funded by my Department, will also add significantly to the cultural infrastructure of Galway in advance of the Capital of Culture and that it will be a major asset for hosting events during Galway 2020 and beyond.