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.


It is a high-level, high-ambition, all-of-government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential.


Creative Ireland is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement.


Creative Ireland is the main implementation vehicle for the priorities identified in Culture 2025/Éire Ildánach, the draft cultural policy published by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in July 2016, which sees a vibrant cultural ecosystem as essential to society. 


Culture 2025/Éire Ildánach states that arts and culture are intrinsic to Ireland, acknowledges the need to increase access to, and participation in, the arts, boost our creative industries, and preserve our heritage with a particular focus on language, landscape and the environment. 


At the heart of Creative Ireland is the principle of collaboration – between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers – to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity.  As part of this process all Local Authorities will produce Local Activation Plans.  

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has submitted to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, the draft Framework Policy for Éire Ildánach/Culture 2025


Under 7 key pillars, the Framework Policy document sets out a series of priority measures for implementation across Government and public bodies, including:

  • Examining the systems and structures that support arts and culture
  • Increasing citizen participation in the arts
  • Progressively increasing funding to arts and culture as the economy improves, in line with the commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government
  • Consideration of how to encourage non-Governmental funding support
  • Examining existing systems to ensure that more people can follow a sustainable career path in the cultural and heritage sectors
  • Improving collaboration within the cultural sector and between the cultural sector and wider civil society
  • Building on support for Irish culture on the world stage
  • Consideration of how cultural exchange can help build and maintain strong connections on the island of Ireland and between Britain and Ireland.

Making Great Art Work, is the Arts Council's ten year strategy for Arts development in Ireland. The strategy has five priority areas: 

  • The Artist
  • Public engagement
  • Investment strategy
  • Spatial and demographic planning
  • Developing capacity.

At the heart of the strategy is a vision for the Arts in Ireland, grounded in a sense of people and place, where the Arts are truly valued as a vital feature of our daily lives and where ambitious and innovative artists are supported to make work of excellence. 

Making Great Art Work will be implemented through 3 three-year plans starting in 2017. 

The Three-Year Plan 2017–2019 describes the investment strategies, projects and programmes that will be prioritised during 2017–2019. 

A Framework for Collaboration is an agreement between the Arts Council and the County and City Management Association to further the development of the Arts in every county in Ireland.


This agreement will enable the Arts Council and Local Authorities to develop a more streamlined and consistent approach to funding the Arts based on key principles of Arts development, public engagement, and spatial planning. It will also allow the Arts Council and Local Authorities to set targeted outcomes where it will be able to measure the impact of this relationship and see increased levels of public engagement and participation.


The Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural, and Gaeltacht Affairs made a joint commitment in 2012 to promote and integrate the arts in education with the launch of the Arts in Education Charter.


As part of this programme a new Arts in Education portal site has been created. For more information click here.

The Irish Film Board (IFB) is the development agency tasked with promoting creative talent working in film, television, and animation. Its aim is to develop a sustainable industry for film-making in Ireland. The IFB supports the highest quality in creative film-making, and its ambition is to see this quality recognised by Irish and international audiences.


The IFB have developed a strategic plan to achieve these goals, please click here to view the plan.

Cork County Council is committed to a child-centred approach to our work with children in the delivery of all our services and activities. The Child Safeguarding Statement for Library and Arts Services is available to view.

Child Safeguarding Statement for Library and Arts Services