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Irish animation sector calls for industry tax relief to be extension
29 Aug 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Animation Ireland’s Chief Executive Ronan McCabe.
The Irish animation sector, led by Animation Ireland - the business group representing Irish animation studios, has called on the Government to extend the crucial Section 481 tax relief beyond 2024 so that international film and television can continue to be produced in Ireland.

The Section 481 tax relief has been crucial in the growth of the Irish animation sector to become a leading global hub for animation production and a major force in the Irish economy, employing 2,500 people across 42 studios.

“Section 481 has been crucial in the growth of the animation sector over the past ten years and without it, we just couldn’t compete on the global stage as we do now,” said Animation Ireland’s Chief Executive Ronan McCabe, when commenting about their appeal to Government. “The relief brings a huge number of jobs and expenditure into Ireland, but it also has an enormous positive impact on creativity and culture. Without Section 481, we might not have seen amazing Irish productions telling Irish stories, such as the Oscar-nominated Wolfwalkers.’’

“We hope that the Minister for Finance will announce a five year extension of the relief up to 2029 and confirm that Section 481 is included as part of its long term policy for creative industries,” McCabe added. “We would also like to see an extension of the regional uplift element of the relief, which will see more productions take place outside of Dublin and make it easier for studies to attract staff, generating employment in rural towns.’’

Over the last number of years, Ireland has been home to some major productions such as The Bob’s Burgers Movie; The Cuphead ShowVampirina, and Zog & The Flying Doctors. It is not only international stories that are told by Irish studios, Section 481 also supports Irish productions with recent examples including WolfWalkers, Two by Two: Overboard!, Jessy and Nessy, Kiva Can Do!, and Pins and Nettie.

Animation Ireland is the representative body for the animation industry on the island of Ireland with forty two member studios employing over 2,500 people full-time. Currently, its members are producing animated television programmes, feature films, and Immersive content, which is viewed in over 180 territories worldwide.

Click here for more information about Animation Ireland.

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