On 10 January 2020, Culture Minister Josepha Madigan published Ireland’s first ever national cultural policy framework, Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025. Culture 2025 sets an overarching vision and framework for Government policy across the cultural sector, and is underpinned by a commitment to double the amount of public funding for arts and culture from 2017 levels (€288m) to €576m by 2025. Central to Culture 2025 is the recognition of the value of culture and creativity to the individual and society, the need to support creative practice and cultural participation and a commitment to Ireland’s cultural heritage.
The aims of Culture 2025 are already being progressed through current Government initiatives including the Creative Ireland Programme, the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, Global Ireland 2025, the National Biodiversity Action Plan and the Audiovisual Action Plan. Culture 2025 will ensure a unified approach to these cultural policies across Government and to planning and provision within the cultural sector.
From Dr Steven Hadley (Compendium Expert United Kingdom)