Participation of local government in the arts in Ireland is significantly less than in other EU countries. The arts agenda for local government (enabled to fund the arts by the 1973 Arts Act), was largely devised and driven by the Arts Council. The partnership approach adopted by the Arts Council has delivered results in terms of the appointment of arts personnel, the development of arts infrastructure, improved planning and budgetary provision. Recent local government reviews reflect the enhanced importance of the arts in the local government agenda, to the point that cultural matters are now regarded as an indispensable dimension of integrated local development. The Arts Council has adopted a similar approach vis à vis other local authorities, working with some regional health boards to develop an arts and health strategy and with Údarás na Gaeltachta to improve provisions for Irish-speaking areas. The Arts Council supports the arts development programmes of the local authorities and Udarás na Gaeltachtha through Ealaíon na Gaeltachta and co-funds the salaries of arts officers (see also chapter 1.1). The economic crisis and the 2012 changes which have been announced in local government in Ireland have serious effects in terms of arts funding, the maintenance of the new arts infrastructure posing a major problem for many local authorities.