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Programme for Government outlines commitments to productions sector and the Arts
16 Jun 2020 : News Desk
Department of An Taoiseach.
Fianna Fáil, FineGael and the Green Party have agreed a draft programme for government.

This document – titled Our Shared Future – must be put to each of the three parties’ membership to vote on, and if all three parties approve it, the next government will be formed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens.

In terms of the Irish film and television production sector, and the Arts, the document recognises the detrimental impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on the sector and pledges to support the sector as part of the July Stimulus.

It will also establish a cross-departmental taskforce “to develop a clear approach, informed by the views of all stakeholders, to protect and sustain the arts and culture sector through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond.”

Referring specifically to Film/TV/AV/Digital And Media Production, the document outlines plans to implement the Audio-Visual Action Plan, which aims to make Ireland a global hub for film, TV drama and animation. The 10-year Government plan contains recommendations across eight policy areas to make Ireland a leader in the audio-visual sector and to drive increased investment and production across film, TV drama, and animation.

Our Shared Future also promises continued support for the successful Section 481 Tax Incentive, as well as Screen Ireland, and will support the development of new studios space.

Meanwhile, significant changes to Public Service Broadcasting funding are proposed including:

“Expand[ing] the remit of the Public Service Broadcasting Commission to become a Future of Media Commission and to consider the future of print, broadcast, and online media in a platform agnostic fashion. It will report within 9 months on the necessary measures that need to be taken to ensure there is a vibrant, independent public service media for the next generation. The current funding model for public service broadcasting is inefficient and the Commission will publish recommendations.

The full excerpt of the plan as regards to the arts sector can be read below.

The current draft of the report can be read here.

(The sections relating to the sector are on pages 101 -102 and 137.)

Arts and Culture

The arts are essential to the wellbeing of our society and in bringing communities together. We want to make the arts even more accessible and inclusive to everyone.

We recognise the diversity of artistic and creative activities in Ireland and the significant economic and social value of our creative culture both nationally and internationally.

The COVID-19 crisis has had a very severe impact on the arts sector and we are committed to assisting this sector as we plan our country’s economic recovery. As part of the July Stimulus, the Government will set out how we will support the sector towards a sustainable recovery.

Ireland has an international reputation for excellence in the arts. We want to place emphasis on the economic, social and cultural value of our indigenous and exceptionally talented creative community. Arts and culture engender enormous national and local pride.

We will:

  • Establish a cross departmental taskforce to develop a clear approach, informed by the views of all stakeholders, to protect and sustain the arts and culture sector through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond. This will be fed into the National Economic Plan.
  • Develop a stimulus package to support the sector through COVID-19 and beyond, as economic resources allow.
  • Protect the independence of the arts community.
  • Support ongoing implementation of the Creative Ireland programme.
  • Continue to financially support the work of the Arts Council.
  • Support Creative Ireland in their ‘Engaging the Public on Climate Change through the Cultural and Creative Sectors’ initiative.
  • Promote the contribution of women through innovative cultural schemes like the Markievicz Awards, which supports new works of art.
  • Support the cultural and creative sector, and in particular the events industry, in a green recovery, assisting them in becoming a more sustainable, low-carbon industry, lowering the associated emissions and developing an indigenous market for climate-friendly solutions for the sector.

Film/TV /Audio-visual/Digital/Media Production

We will:

  • Implement the Audio-visual Action Plan.
  • Continue funding for Screen Ireland.
  • Work with the relevant government departments to ensure the full implementation of the Audio-visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).
  • Ensure that our tax regime remains supportive and attractive following the success of the Regional Film Development Uplift.
  • Development of a Digital Creative Industries Roadmap.
  • Work with relevant government departments and external stakeholders to guarantee the protection of intellectual property rights and digital rights for the creative sector and to ensure the full implementation of the new EU Copyright Directive.
  • Support the development of new studio space and the upskilling of audio-visual workers.

Mission: Reforming and Reimagining our Public Life

Media

A vibrant, diverse, and independent media is essential to our democracy and cultural development. The sector is undergoing fundamental change and as a result there are significant challenges to be faced in order to ensure that we have that vibrant, diverse, and independent media at local, regional and national level.

Those challenges have been brought sharply into focus by the COVID-19 crisis. In facing that challenge, we will:

  • Bring together all policy functions relating to broadcast media, print media and online media into a single media division within a government department.
  • Expand the remit of the Public Service Broadcasting Commission to become a Future of Media Commission and to consider the future of print, broadcast and online media in a platform agnostic fashion. It will report within 9 months on the necessary measures that need to be taken to ensure there is a vibrant, independent public service media for the next generation. The current funding model for public service broadcasting is inefficient and the Commission will publish recommendations.
  • Enact the Broadcasting Bill by the end of the year to ensure that we can support our local community radio stations and independent national, regional and local broadcasters in the important work that they do.
  • Review and reform defamation laws to ensure a balanced approach to the right to freedom of expression, the right to protection of good name and reputation, and the right of access to justice.
  • Recognise the important role of Irish public service broadcasting in Irish life and the ongoing restructuring efforts at RTÉ in the context of a changing media environment.
  • Support Irish language broadcasting across TG4, Raidió na Gaeltachta and other platforms.




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