On 8th December 2016, the Creative Ireland Programme was launched as the Government’s Legacy Programme arising out of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, and as the main implementation vehicle for the priorities identified in Culture 2025/Éire Ildánach. The Creative Ireland Programme is a high-level, high-ambition, 5-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, (building up to the centenary of the foundation of the State) which aims to place creativity at the centre of public policy. It is designed to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation so that individually and collectively, Irish people can realise their full creative potential.
Creative Youth Plan
Creative Youth – a Plan to enable the creativity of every child and young person, was published in December 2017 and stated the Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child in Ireland has practical access to tuition, experience and participation in music, drama, arts and coding by 2022.
Laureate na nÓg
Laureate na nÓg was initiated by the Arts Council in 2010 and is supported by Children’s Books Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Poetry Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
In Ireland, the Laureate na nÓg project recognises the role and importance of literature for children in Ireland and seeks to engage young people with high quality literature, and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative life. The Laureate receives an honorarium of €20,000 per annum and any expenses related to Laureate events are covered by the project.