Ireland adds funds for homegrown shoots


LONDON -- The Irish Film Board has received an additional €2 million ($2.8 million) from the government to attract foreign films and TV projects to shoot in Ireland.

Over the past two years, the fund has been instrumental in bringing $85 million of production expenditure into the country.

The money is in addition to the $28 million a year that the IFB receives to support Irish cinema.

Minister for arts, sport and tourism Seamus Brennan said: "There is now more than ever greater global competition in securing film and TV productions. Ireland now holds its own thanks to our talent pool and incentives package. However, Ireland needs to be more ambitious. I am strongly of the view that there is still a large amount of untapped talent and opportunity in Ireland, especially given our rich history of great storytellers and wonderful storytelling ability."