Irish Arts Council adds voice to call for greater regional arts support

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The Irish Arts Council has called for greater government support in developing the creative and cultural industries in the west of Ireland following the publication of a report that suggests job numbers could double in the region over the next decade.

Commissioned by the Western Development Commission, the report also suggests that such growth would generate an extra £135 million over ten years. An earlier report by WDC found that in 2009 there were 4,775 businesses in Ireland's western counties employing a creative workforce of 11,000 people.

Responding to the latest findings, the Arts Council called for a report currently being prepared by the Irish Management Institute and due to be published later this year to "commit to supporting further development of the creative and cultural industries" in the west of Ireland.

Arts Council chairman Pat Moylan said: "We are acutely aware of potential that exists to create greater synergies between the business and arts sectors. This is an area of great significance for the arts and for potential sustainable employment".