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Cultural heritage is a key contributor to the sustainability of our cities, towns, villages and rural areas. Living space, including streets, public areas, built heritage and natural amenity areas, cultural and sporting opportunities, sustainable transport networks, all play a central part in defining the character and attractiveness of places.
Plans for investment in culture and heritage recognise that high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant culture and heritage sector and that urban living spaces must have the cultural, civic, recreational, sporting and other amenities that will make them self-sustaining centres of social cohesion.
The ambition outlined in the Creative Ireland Programme will be pursued and supported with targeted investment.
In an increasingly diverse and multicultural society we need cultural underpinnings that celebrate not just our local or national distinctiveness but also our shared cultural values and our shared humanity. This requires imaginative consideration of how we can best deliver appropriate cultural and heritage infrastructure in the future, in all parts of the country.
A key action will be a major national cultural infrastructure plan for the next ten years, ensuring that all major urban centres as well as smaller towns have cultural and creativity facilities that support the aims and ambitions of the Creative Ireland Programme.
There will also be investment through the Sport Capital Programme in the coming years.
See National Strategic Outcome 7 of the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 for the full detail.