COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Ireland/ 5.2 Legislation on culture  

The Arts Act 2003 establishes the legislative framework for cultural policy-making in Ireland. This Act defines the arts, sets out the role and functions of the Minister, local authorities and the Arts Council and prescribes the membership and procedures of the latter. The Act re-endorses the autonomy of the Arts Council in funding decisions while enshrining the overarching role of the Minister in policy matters. Provision is made for the appointment of special committees by the Minister to advise the Arts Council and the Act also provides for local authority arts planning under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 1994.

While the Arts Act is overarching in terms of provision for individual artists and while it refers to film and traditional arts, it is supplemented in these areas by other pieces of legislation, described in chapter 5.3.3, chapter 5.3.4 and chapter 5.3.6 to 5.3.7.

Legislation is currently in preparation to dismantle the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 by bringing National Cultural Institutions back under the control of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Table 1:     List of the existing cultural legislation

Title of the Act

Year of adoption

Public Libraries Act

1947

Finance Act

1969

Film Board Act

1980

Local Government Act

1994, 2001

National Cultural Institutions Act

1997

Taxes Consolidation Act

1997

Copyright and Related Rights Act

2000

Heritage Fund Act

2001

Arts Act

2003

Broadcasting (Funding) Act

2003

Planning and Development Act

2003

National Monuments Act

2004

Broadcasting Act

2009


Chapter published: 10-06-2015

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