For generations Irish artists have inspired people all over the world like our writers, playwrights and poets such as Seamus Heaney, James Joyce and Enda O’Brien to name but a few. Our famed visual artists like Louis Le Brocquy, Jack B Yeats, and Nora McGuinness. Our renowned musicians like U2, Enya, Hozier and DC Fontaines have worldwide fan bases. Irish film and TV is well recognised on the world stage with recent Oscar nominations for Kenneth Brannagh’s Belfast and for Wolfwalkers last year and the global success of shows like Game of Thrones and globally renowned actors like Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender and Jessy Buckley. The Druid and Abbey stage plays all over the world. It is a significant and impressive artistic heritage which I want to ensure continues.