City to gain from culture spending- report

Dublin is set to benefit hugely from “an unprecedented level of investment in its cultural infrastructure” in the coming years according to Lord Mayor Emer Costello’s Commission on Employment report.

The recent completion of projects like the o2 Arena and extensions to the Dublin City and Hugh Lane galleries are cited as examples of increased investment in Dublin’s cultural sector.

“There are 23 major projects in planning or already underway, including theatres and major extensions to the National Cultural Institutions.”

Investment in sporting infrastructure is lauded in the report, as it recounts how “the completion of Lansdowne stadium will be a great boost for the city and building on the success of Croke Park which is the 4th largest stadium in Europe.”

“The attraction of international sports events (the UEFA cup final) to Croke Park or Lansdowne is a great achievement in itself and a critical way of marketing the city worldwide.”

The report affirms the position Dublin has at the centre of Ireland’s creative industries: “Producers in the creative economy benefit from clustering as the proximity of location within an urban area tends to facilitate the exchange of ideas.”

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