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Varadkar pledges to double the Irish audiovisual sector
27 Sep 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Taoiseach Varadkar with actor Allen Leech
The comments were made by the Taoiseach at an event in Los Angeles celebrating Ireland’s contribution to the film industry.

Speaking at the Screen Ireland hosted dinner; Varadkar stated Ireland’s intentions to double the size of its audiovisual sector, with a focus on employment and production capacity.

"The Irish Government has an open ear to the requests of the sector for creative ways in which we can assist, for example, through the amendment to the Taxes Consolidation Act."

The event was attended by a number of the American-based Irish diaspora such as Ruth Negga, Aisling Bea, Allen Leech and Jared Harris.

The announcement comes amid the Taoiseach’s two-day trade mission to Los Angeles, which is focused on growing Ireland’s film and television industry.

While in LA, Varadkar is meeting with senior executives from several of the film and television sectors leading studios, networks and streaming giants including Netflix, Fox Searchlight, Skydance Hulu.

The venture marks the latest effort towards the government’s new foreign diplomatic mission, which is part of the government’s overarching ‘Global Ireland’ initiative, aimed at doubling Ireland’s international presence by 2025.




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