Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 739 No. 4

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  26.  Deputy Timmy Dooley  Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   his [950]views on the recent report from the Western Development Commission which highlighted the potential for a doubling of the workforce employed in the arts and culture sectors over the next ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21812/11]

  32.  Deputy Pearse Doherty  Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   his views on the Western Development Commission report published recently that highlighted the potential for a doubling of the workforce employed in the creative sector over the next ten years; his plans to ensure that potential is realised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21796/11]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 32 together.

I am aware that the report referred to by the Deputies was published in June by the Western Development Commission (WDC), as a follow-up to an earlier report, also published by the WDC, in 2009.

This latest report is an economic impact assessment that follows on from the original report, which contained a list of recommendations, and assesses the growth potential for the creative sector in Ireland’s western region. The recommendations raised are a matter for a number of Government Departments and Agencies, and not just my Department. Clearly, the economic assessment will be of interest in the context of the allocation of scarce resources .


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