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Reaction in the Arts Sector to Budget 2011

Yesterday’s austerity budget can now without doubt be recognised as the most far-reaching and seismic in the history of the state. The December 7th date would seemingly never arrive as the roundabouts and meandering by Government was pale distraction for the fear palpable in the general public. Family and social protection is of primary concern to any individual in this scenario. How one can provide for their loved ones, keep their home, child-care, education, health, career as well as having some sort of social life has well and truly been put under threat from this front bearing of the Government’s four year plan.

Speaking purely from a point of view of someone working in the Arts and Culture sector, this particular group of the economy has received hits and proves no exception in bearing its share of cuts. In a press release from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Minister Hanafin lays out the details of allocations and reductions on allocations for the coming year. In Brian Lenehan’s Budget delivery speech he outlined a scaling back of the €10 travel tax, while not eradicating it completly. the new travel tax will stand at €3. This, however, will be reviewed in 2011. In a statement the Minister outlines the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport will “continue to support the employment of some 250,000 people across all three sectors, as well as enhancing our cultural and sporting activities and contribute significantly to Ireland’s economic recovery in the coming years.”

Minister Hanafin further said “funding for the Arts Council will help sustain its main arts organisations, keep regional venues open and programmed and support festivals and touring. The Council supports over 50 venues, approximately 200 festivals and 400 arts organisations”

A breakdown of how the Budget of 2011 will affect the Arts and Culture sector is listed below:

  • An allocation of €65.2m for the Arts Council which is a 5% reduction on the 2010 allocation will enable it to maintain its major programmes and activities.
  • The Irish Film Board allocation of €18.4m will enable it to continue to support indigenous Irish audiovisual industry and attract inward investment from international productions.
  • The National Museum allocation of €14.2 million includes €2m capital funding for renovations at the Treasury in the Museum on Kildare Street and the fitting out of the Collections Resource Centre.
  • Almost €21m is allocated to the National Library, IMMA, National Concert Hall, Chester Beatty Library and Crawford Gallery.
  • The artists’ exemption will have a new threshold of €40,000. The section 481 investment tax relief for the film and television production sector will remain in place.
  • An allocation of €9.85m for the National Gallery – a reduction of 3% on 2010.
  • Over €4m is provided to support regional and smaller museums, as well as to fund events such as Culture Night 2011 and the major new contemporary art event Dublin Contemporary 2011.
  • A carry-over of €3m from 2010 will be used towards the funding of Culture Ireland’s major year-long season of contemporary Irish culture – Imagine Ireland– across the United States in 2011.

For information on how the Budget will affect Tourism and Sport in Ireland see the press release issued by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport here.


Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Support and follow your library!

The idea is simple: go on Twitter and mention your favourite ‘tweeting’ library. Follow A Library Day is taking place on October 1st and is an initiative from a group of information professionals who are placing on Twitter a global campaign to promote your local library. So whether it’s a national library, a local, city, regional or mobile library, get online, get on Twitter and let the world know on October 1st!  

If your local library is lacking a online presence or a social network presence this is a perfect opportunity to encourage them to get proactive and develop an online following and a growing network of supporters and readers.

For more information see Follow-A-Library blog page.

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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Culture


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Examining the Project Arts Centre Archive

The Irish history blog, Pue’s Occurences, has published an article detailing the history and archive of the Project Arts Centre. The article discusses the processes of archiving a performance and artistic archive and its value to Irish cultural history.

The Project Arts Centre is one of Ireland’s most important and contemporary arts venues in Ireland and has been so since its insception in 1966 and continues to promote and develope new and emerging Irish artists, playwrights, actors and dancers. The archive is a vital addition to the documented heritage of Irish culture and is  housed in the Manuscripts Department of the National Library of Ireland.

Full details on the archive are available via the article on Pue’s Occurances and via the National Library of Ireland.


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Ireland’s History Through a Lens

National Library of Ireland

Looking through the lens of great Irish past photographers is now possible thanks to the The National Library of Ireland. The Library has recently launched an online database of over 34,000 images portraying nearly one hundred years of Irish life.  The National Library of Ireland holds the world’s largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland. Since 2007, the Library has been engaged in a major digitization project to increase online access to an extensive collection of rare and remarkable glass plate negatives.

Collections of photographs include images from Eason and Son, JJ Clarke, a Dublin Medical student, The Keogh brothers of Dorset Street, A.H. Poole of Waterford, Tempest collection, Louth, Independent Newspapers, Dublin, Lawrence Royal and Cabinet Collection and Studio Pair Collection. These unique images depict an unrivaled view of the topographical make up of the East and South of the country, Dublin City and Ireland’s Revolutionary period.

The director of the National Library of Ireland, Fiona Ross, states the “photographs are a rich source of primary research material and as a means of understanding and engaging with the past. They are invaluable because they provide us with evidence of places, events and people who shaped the nation, as well as providing insights into cultural and social history, politics, art landscape and natural history.” The photographs range from 1860 to 1954.

The database can be viewed and searched online at:

Countess Markievicz. Keogh Collection

Pope Pius XII meeting Bishop McQuaid, Archbishop of Ireland. Independent Newspapers Collection

Colosuem Theatre, Henry Street, 1916. Independent Newspapers Collections


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Action on Archives

Action on Archives

Archives in Crisis: 

A Symposium to Debate the Future of Archives in Irish Society  

Saturday 10 April 2010, 3 PM to 5 PM 

Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin.  

Moderator: Diarmaid Ferriter 

Speakers: Fintan O’Toole, Catriona Crowe, Eunan O’Halpin 

 In 1922 the bulk of Ireland’s documentary heritage was destroyed. This symposium poses a stark question: what will be the state of Irish archives in 2022 on the centenary of the Four Courts blaze? 

Presentations will discuss the cultural significance of archives in Irish society and the proposed merger of the National Archives of Ireland into the National Library. This will be followed by an open forum, during which audience members will have an opportunity to pose questions and share their views on archival policy in Ireland. 

The meeting will conclude by taking nominations to a new Action on Archives committee, which will seek to make representations to appropriate bodies. 

 Admission Free – All Welcome  

Courtesy of Action on Archives

For further information, contact Dr Peter Crooks, (01 896 1368)

Organized in association with the Irish Chancery Project, Medieval History Research Centre, 

Trinity College, Dublin


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