Friday 20 July 2018

Money for National Museum, Library and sporting centres

The National Museum, in Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Tom Burke
The National Museum, in Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Tom Burke

Laura Lynott

Billions of euro will be invested in sport, the arts, culture and tourism, as part of an ambitious vision to place Ireland at the centre of a rapidly evolving Europe.

The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork will receive €22m funding by 2025, The National Museum of Ireland will receive €15m by 2021 and The National Library of Ireland will receive €12m by 2021.

The National Concert Hall will be renovated under the plans along with the Abbey Theatre and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Support will also be provided to Galway, as the European City of Culture, and there will be investment in national heritage while national parks and reserves will also be developed.

And the conservation and preservation of national monuments will be a major project.

A sports infrastructure fund will see €42m injected into the continued development of Sport Ireland's National Sports Campus.

The works will be completed by 2021 and provide facilities for elite athletes. And funding will be provided for the completion of the National Indoor Arena and to construct the National Velodrome and National Badminton Centre.

Meanwhile some €108m will be allocated to Fáilte Ireland for a capital investment programme in Tourism Product Development to assist tourism in the next four years.

Some of this investment will be directed into improving tourism along the Dublin-Belfast economic corridor, targeting 35 million passengers from Dublin Airport, Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport.

Conradh na Gaeilge welcomed planned investment of €178m in the Irish language and Gaeltacht areas.

The Government has pledged to support Gaeltacht Service Towns, Irish language networks around the country, and to support for childcare in Gaeltacht areas.

Irish Independent

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