They’re talking about The Film Galway Partnership in the Seanad. Last Thursday, Dec 1st, the Irish Film Board (Amendment) Bill 2011: Second Stage was discussed in the Seanad with a presentation by Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) and feedback and opinion from Susan O’Keeffe (Labour), Paul Bradford (Fine Gael), Labhrás Ó Murchú (Fianna Fail), and Ivana Bacik (Independent). The full text of the discussion is in the link below. Just before his closing remarks the Minister mentions the Film Galway Partnership as a very positive initiative.
Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael): “Last summer, film interests came together in Galway and formed the Galway Film Partnership. For anyone who wants to make a film in Galway, the partnership provides a contact person with the Garda, the county council, the Irish Film Board and other bodies. The Galway Film Partnership could be a prototype for the rest of the country.”
Susan O’Keeffe (Labour):
“Galway could be a hub with spokes in smaller towns such as Sligo, Castlebar or Ballina.”
Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael):
“The Galway partnership is connected with Mayo, Sligo and Clare. It does reach out. When I launched the partnership I asked that very question and met people with film interests in the different counties. This is a good example of what Creative West could do. The west has unique characteristics and attractions for film producers. It is a directors’ and producers’ dream. One does not need to create anything. It is already there. One does not have to create effects because one can get them from nature.
I thank Senators for their contributions. I know other Senators who are present would like to have made a contribution. It is for the Cathaoirleach to say whether they will have a chance to speak.”