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Factsheet for measure IE-2021-42/2061 – measures in Ireland

Funding package and supports for Tourism, Arts & Culture announced in Budget

Country Ireland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 12 October 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound
Measure added 14 October 2021 (updated 15 November 2021)

Background information

As part of Budget 2022, the Government announced a series of supports for the tourism and arts and culture sectors.

According to: Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; Catherine Martin, the Government has recognised “that bold steps are necessary for our much treasured arts, events and cultural community to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever before”.

With regards to the tourism sector, Minister Martin said: “Whilst our primary focus to date has been on survival, we now have an opportunity to re-imagine our tourism sector in the wake of the pandemic, with a particular emphasis on mainstreaming the principle of sustainability from an environmental, social, and economic perspective.”

Content of measure

Supports for tourism announced in the Budget include:

  • €50 million in further business continuity support
  • an additional €27 million for investment in domestic marketing and festivals, particularly during the shoulder season and to assist in attracting and retaining staff in our tourism and hospitality sectors
  • an increase of €35 million in the Tourism Marketing Fund to help restore inbound tourism to Ireland and begin preparations on the Programme for Government commitment to The Year of the Invitation

Supports for arts and culture include:

  • €25 million to fund a pilot scheme for a new basic income guarantee scheme for artists and arts workers.
  • Funding of €130 million for the Arts Council for 2022 to help artists, arts workers and arts. €25 million for the live entertainment sector.

Use of measure

Not yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Hospitality, retail and other services managers


  • 13 October 2021: Minister Catherine Martin - Budget 2022 Dáil Speech (
  • 13 October 2021: €25m allocated for basic income scheme for artists (


Eurofound (2021), Funding package and supports for Tourism, Arts & Culture announced in Budget, measure IE-2021-42/2061 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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