NEW PLAN POINTS TO EXCITING TIMES FOR DONEGAL’S CREATIVE SECTOR

first_imgMininster Joe McHugh sees a gap in the market for Donegal’s emerging creative sector. Pic by Donegal Daily.The launch of Donegal’s Creative Strategy is a great first step towards establishing the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship in Donegal, according to the Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.Speaking at the launch of the strategy in the Regional Cultural Centre, Mr. Tunney said that the launch of the document marked the end of a consultation process that had begun last August.“While the plan is not written in stone, it is a plan that we are formally launching today and the real process will begin now, the journey of implementing the plan.” He suggested that while the document has a ten-year horizon, it is very much geared towards the first two years.Pictured at the launch of the Donegal Creative Strategy at the Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny on Monday were from left: Ursula Donnelly, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Michael Heaney, Donegal County Council; Minister Joe McHugh who officially launched the plan; Seamus Neely, CEO of Donegal County Council; Eve-Anne Cullinan, MCO Projects and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal Local Enterprise Office.“I think the strategy, in particular the larger document, outlines the importance of the bigger ecosystem that creatives operate in and that is an ecosystem that needs to be supported on an ongoing basis.I am delighted that the people within the various sections in Donegal County Council who do support and have supported the arts, the creatives and heritage, were all part of the process and engaged with us. The hope is that now, together with the businesses in the sector, we can make the plan happen.”The Chief Executive Officer of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, told the large gathering in attendance for the launch, that the document presents an opportunity to create something of real value for the county. “What we have here is a confluence of a great set of opportunities. A fabulous wealth of raw talent at local and regional level, very strong abilities in the whole creative industries side and then an infrastructure at state, semi-state and even the private sector as well, that helps people realise the potential from that.This isn’t a strategy where we are starting from a standing stop. We have a lot of work done in terms of understanding where the areas of potential are. I believe we are only skimming the surface. It’s going to be an exciting time ahead.”Eve Anne Cullinan of MCO Projects who facilitated the consultation process, outlined the key elements of the plan before it was formally launched by Minister Joe McHugh.He reassured the audience on the government’s commitment to a massively improved broadband network and stressed the need for continued support for – not just newer creative industries like videography and gaming, but also the traditional creative industries as well.Meanwhile Donegal’s Mayor, John Campbell, insisted that the plan demonstrated the common sense of purpose the council shares as a public body. “I think we will play a key role in encouraging creative entrepreneurship and providing the right platforms. It does a great job of identifying and hopefully now providing the right supports to those involved in the creative sector.”EndsCaptionPictured at the launch of the Donegal Creative Strategy at the Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny on Monday were from left: Ursula Donnelly, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Michael Heaney, Donegal County Council; Minister Joe McHugh who officially launched the plan; Seamus Neely, CEO of Donegal County Council; Eve-Anne Cullinan, MCO Projects and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal Local Enterprise Office. NEW PLAN POINTS TO EXCITING TIMES FOR DONEGAL’S CREATIVE SECTOR was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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