The Department acknowledges the fine art and cultural heritage of the country by providing the capital infrastructure for the National Cultural Institutions, as well as influencing the development of the private sector cultural industry through appropriate financial support for projects supporting the cultural infrastructure in Ireland.
The Cultural Institutions Unit of the Department seeks to create an environment enabling the National Cultural Institutions to flourish through the provision of financial resources and an appropriate policy framework.
The National Cultural Institutions are:
National Archives, National Concert Hall, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery Cork and in addition the National Gallery of Ireland, which has its own Exchequer Vote and is responsible to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Issues relating to the day-to-day management of the individual National Cultural Institutions are dealt with directly by the institutions themselves; matters relating to the general policy under which they operate and the provision of financial resources are matters for this Department.
Core Policy Goal
To enhance access to and to recognise the social and economic role of the arts, culture and film sectors in Ireland by promoting and encouraging artistic expression, cultural awareness and participation, through an appropriate policy, legislative and resource framework. provide a capital infrastructure for the National Cultural Institutions.
Heritage Fund Act, 2001
National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997
National Archives Act, 1986
Documents and Pictures Act, 1945
National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (Commencement) Orders
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 222/1997
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 328/1997
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 438/1998
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 640/2002
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 218/2005
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 219/2005
Statutory Instrument (S.I.).No. 220/2005
Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 226/2005
Copies of the above legislation (including commencement orders) pertaining to the Cultural Institutions are available through the Government Publications Office or at www.irishstatutebook.ie
The purpose of the Council is
Membership of the Council comprises the following:
Director, National Archives
Director, National Library of Ireland
Director, National Museum of Ireland
Director, National Gallery of Ireland
Director, Arts Council
Chief Executive, Heritage Council
Director and Chief Executive Officer, Irish Museum of Modern Art
Director, National Concert Hall
Director, Chester Beatty Library
Artistic Director, Abbey Theatre
Director, Crawford Art Gallery
Contact: Cal McCarthy, Secretary, CNCI, Government Buildings, New Road, Killarney, Co Kerry.