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Tuesday 24th April 2007

TBCT welcomes Government capital investment of �2.867 million in Temple Bar, Dublin�s Cultural Quarter�..

The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O�Donoghue T.D., has announced funding of �32 million under the ACCESS 2 programme to improve and support high quality arts and culture infrastructure in order to improve public access to the arts in Ireland.

Of the �7.78 million allocated to projects in Dublin, almost one third of this amount has been directed at projects in Temple Bar, Dublin�s Cultural Quarter.

Speaking after today�s announcement TBCT Chief Executive Dermot McLaughlin said �This investment of over �2.8 million represents a massive vote of confidence by the Government in Temple Bar, Dublin�s Cultural Quarter. TBCT is delighted that a number of nationally important arts organisations who are now dealing with the challenges of success and business growth will be able to improve their facilities and offer an even better service to the public. The combined strategies of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and the Arts Council ensure that around 60 arts organisations and hundreds of individual artists are able to continue working in Temple Bar. TBCT is particularly pleased at the decision to provide a further �1.8 million to the Smock Alley Theatre project being developed by the Gaiety School of Acting in partnership with TBCT.�

List of Temple Bar arts organisations and details of funding offered under ACCESS 2:

Filmbase �362,500

Gallery of Photography �437,500

Irish Film Institute �550,000

The Ark Cultural Centre �20,000

Project Arts Centre �60,000

Smock Alley Theatre �1,800,000