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Beset by dramatic funding and staffing cuts, the Arts Council undertook a strategic review in 2014.


The new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has committed to the drafting of Culture 2025, a National Cultural Policy which will set out the high-level aims of the Ministry.

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Ireland/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.3 Cultural policy objectives

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG) has overall responsibility for the formulation, development and evaluation of policy and structures in the arts and purports:

"to provide an appropriate resource, policy and legislative framework to support the stimulation and development of the Arts in Ireland, such that economic returns and employment, and access to and participation in the arts by all sections of Irish society, are maximised."  (

The current priorities of the Department are outlined in a briefing document for the new Minister, appointed in July 2014 ( The Minister has repeated her predecessor's commitment to the drafting of Culture 2025, a National Cultural Policy which will set out the high-level aims of the DAHG.

The Arts Council believes it should:

  • be a development agency for the arts focussed on the public good;
  • make policies and strategies that are explicit and connected;
  • change its investment strategies and behaviours;
  • be well-informed and evidence-based;
  • strengthen its own capability and that of the arts sector; and
  • engage widely and communicate openly.

Additionally, the Arts Council has set out a number of proposals based on these tenets to inform its strategic planning. Described in Inspiring Prospects, the 2014 report of the Arts Council Strategic review Steering Group, this credo is founded on the conviction that the Council can no longer function as it did in the past. The degree of change anticipated is variously flagged as necessitating "hard choices" that will be "transformational" in making the Council a fully functioning development agency.

Chapter published: 17-07-2018

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