Creative Ireland Programme 2017 - 2022

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The Creative Ireland programme /Clár Éire Ildánach, launched by the Government last December, is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. Creative Ireland is the Government’s legacy programme for Ireland 2016 – a five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production; empower and support our artists; drive investment in our cultural institutions; and further enhance our global reputation abroad.
Each local authority in the country, including Dublin City Council, has established a local Creative Ireland Team. The Dublin City team draws its members from the Arts Office, Heritage, Archaeology, Community, Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Local Enterprise Office, Events, Planning and International Relations and Social Inclusion, to lead on the Creative Ireland Programme.

Creative Ireland is built around five pillars:

  1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
  2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community
  3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
  4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
  5. Unifying our Global Reputation

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Consultation workshops were facilitated by Dublin City Council and the Creative Ireland national team during March and April, to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries. Read a report on the workshops (PDF, 757KB). The feedback from these workshops informed the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.

Culture and Creativity Plan 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, launched thirty-one Local Authority Culture and Creativity Plans for 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland programme, at Dublin Castle on 25th May.

The development of Culture and Creativity Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling Creativity in Every Community, encouraging communities and citizens to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.

Read the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017.

Speaking at the launch event, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, said:
“These plans illustrate the extraordinary range of creativity in our communities and they get to the very heart of what Creative Ireland is all about: community, local empowerment, participation, collaboration.”

Thanks to everyone who stopped for a chat at our Culture and Creativity Plan 2017 showcase at the Dublin Festival of History at Dublin Castle. We were delighted to talk about our projects and programmes and hear your ideas and suggestions.

Creative Ireland Dublin Stand at Dublin Festival of History

Pictured from left: Michael O'Reilly, Creative Ireland; Barbara Dawson, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; an tArdmhéara Míchéal Mac Donncha; Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian and Chief Executive Owen P Keegan, Dublin City Council. 

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022

Following on from the publication of the Dublin City Culture and Creativity Plan 2017, we now are identifying strategic priorities for the next five years to develop a Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022 for Dublin City.

Feedback from consultation workshops, as well as priorities from existing culture-related strategies and policies of Dublin City Council will inform this strategy.

Dublin City Creative Ireland Team

Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian, is the Co-ordinator for the Dublin City Creative Ireland team. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,
The Dublin City Creative Ireland team is led by Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. Contact: 00-353-1-6744800,
Members of the team are:

  • Barbara Dawson, Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
  • Bernie Doherty, Community and Social Development
  • John Downey, Dublin City Council Licensing/Planning
  • Charles Duggan, Dublin City Council Heritage Officer
  • Mary Foley, International Relations & Social Inclusion
  • Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist
  • Alison King, Dublin City Council Events
  • Mary MacSweeney, Local Enterprise Office
  • Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer

For more information on Dublin City Creative Ireland, contact Clodagh Kingston at

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