Tuesday, 10th April, 2018
Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Naughton welcomes confirmation of €15 million in funding for Galway 2020
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD has today confirmed that the Government will provide €15 million in funding for Galway to prepare for its role as European City of Culture 2020. Today’s announcement is part of an almost €1.2 billion investment in culture, heritage and Irish language works over the next decade. The majority of this funding announcement is new and not part of funding already committed by the Government under Project Ireland 2040.
“This is very good news for Galway. In December 2014, the Government decided Ireland should exercise its right to nominate a European capital of culture for 2020. The Government also committed in principle at that time to provide €15 million to the project. This will be the largest single contribution to the overall cost of the European city of culture at €45.7 million. The balance of the funding is sourced from city and county local authorities, as well as commitments from businesses and sponsorship. The European Commission also awards the Melina Mercouri prize of €1.5 million. Uniquely in Galway, as part of the bid process, the local business community committed to increased commercial rates for three years to support the delivery of Galway 2020,” Deputy Naughton stated.
“The European capital of culture is not a festival. It is an entire year of activity which will be transformative for Galway and region. It will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of our citizens, as well as increasing tourism to the city and region,” Deputy Naughton noted.
“It will be an exciting year for Galway, during which the city and county will be placed in the shop window of the world, and we will have the opportunity to showcase all that’s great about our heritage, culture and tourism.
“But its benefit will be felt for very many years, as it will leave a legacy in the form of improvements to infrastructure, increases in visitor numbers, and invaluable enhancement to our international reputation as a place to visit, invest, work and live,” said Deputy Naughton.
“The theme of Galway 2020 is titled Making Waves. It is about the renewal, disruption and transformation of culture, both Irish and European. Galway’s vision is to celebrate what is most valuable in its culture, while making waves of renewal, disruption and transformation. Galway city and county are ready to unlock their vast cultural capacity in a wave of events, performances and initiatives which will leave the west transformed,” explained Deputy Naughton.
“Today’s announcement also includes €460 million for priority projects at national cultural institutions. These include renovations at the National Library, National Archives, National Concert Hall and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Some €40 million is slated for culture infrastructure across the State to maintain and develop regional arts centres, theatres, museums, galleries, archives and artist studios,” the Galway West TD noted.
“Galway 2020 has the full support of Government. The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will on Thursday meet with the event organisers in Galway to see for himself the progress to date in preparing for Galway 2020 and offer his support,” she added.