Ireland 'has ambitions to be global movie hub'
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys is vowing to make Ireland a global film and TV production hub.
Speaking to the Herald after meeting a cross-section of representatives from the film and media production sectors yesterday, she said she is more determined than ever to "develop Ireland as a centre of excellence in media production".
"I'll continue to make the case for increased investment in this industry," she said after hosting a media production workshop at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
"The very clear message I'm getting is there are 15,000 jobs in the audio visual sector. We need to look at the international market and promote the industry abroad, which is something I'm very keen on," said Mrs Humphreys.
The filming of the Star Wars film The Force Awakens on Skellig Michael is an example of the massive economic spin-off potential of the film industry here.
Citing the Creative Ireland initiative, a five-year legacy project, she said there were huge opportunities to expand the film and TV sector here.
"Ireland is a nation of storytellers," she said.
"I want us to maximise these skills to drive significant growth in the film, TV and animation production sectors in the years ahead."