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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Steven Spielberg "keenly interested" in filming in Ireland after Taoiseach meeting

Fionnan Sheahan in Hollywood, Los Angeles

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny met with the Lincoln director at his office in Hollywood.

Oscar winning movie director Steven Spielberg is "keenly interested" in filming in Ireland.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met with the Lincoln director at his office in Hollywood.

"He is genuinely aware of the potential of Ireland and is keenly interested. But it is not a one-way street and I confirmed that Ireland, for our part, would look at the processes that we have and that we would avail, in the best way possible, for the potential of someone as influential as Steven Spielberg," he said.

Mr Kenny met Mr Spielberg in Government Buildings earlier this year, when the director was in Dublin for the premiere of Lincoln.

"I came here to Universal Studio because when I met with Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis in Dublin some time ago, before the Oscars, he invited me (Mr Spielberg), if I was in this locality, to call to the studio.

"I congratulated him on the success of Lincoln and we did discuss the possibility of future engagement and work in Ireland and to do that, obviously, you have to have a tax regime that's acceptable but you also need to have infrastructure like space and studio space together with the creativity that he recognises in Ireland," he said.

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