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Friday 9 December 2016

More than €30m to be spent on 1916 commemorations

GPO
GPO

Nearly €31m is being put towards the 2016 Centenary programme as part of a €300m investment in heritage and culture.

The package was outlined by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys during the Government's Exchequer Capital Investment Framework 2016-2021 yesterday.

The five-year plan will also see significant investment in both the National Archives and the National Concert Hall. Next year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising.

The money allocated for the 2016 programme will fund visitor centres at key sites as well as the redevelopment of other culturally important parts of the city.

At the launch of the Capital Investment plan yesterday, Minister Humphreys said the investment package would provide an "important boost to the arts and cultural sector".

"The Ireland 2016 Centenary programme is my main priority for the year ahead," she said.

"The investment package includes more than €30m for capital projects which will be delivered as part of Ireland 2016, such as the National Concert Hall and National Archives, Teach an Phiarsaigh and the Tenement Museum."

Reminders

The funding provided will allow for the completion of several 'permanent reminders' projects, such as the GPO Interpretative & Exhibition Centre, Teach an Phiarsaigh, the Tenement Museum and Richmond Barracks.

"It also includes funding for the acquiring of Nos 14-17 Moore Street, and the development of a commemorative centre at the site," Minister Humphreys said.

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