Ireland Extends Tax Credit Program, Raises Incentive for Productions Outside Dublin

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Major scenes from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' were shot in Ireland

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and George R.R. Martin's 'Nightflyers' have both benefited from the tax rebate scheme.

The Irish government has extended its film and TV tax credit program — known as Section 481 and worth up to 32 percent of local spending — until 2024. 

In addition to the extension, which was welcomed Tuesday by film, TV and animation industry agency Screen Ireland, formerly known as the Irish Film Board, the government also increased the incentive to 37 percent for productions outside of the main hub of Dublin. 

"The regional uplift to Section 481 of 5 percent will provide an additional incentive to increase Irish and international production activity from Cork to Limerick, from Galway to Donegal, developing jobs and investment across the regions," said Screen Ireland chair Annie Doona. "We also look forward to working with the government to ensure that the process of implementing section 481 continues to be improved upon."

Ireland has seen a boom in productions in recent years, becoming home to such high-end TV shows as History's Vikings and AMC's Into the Badlands, and more recently George R.R. Martin's upcoming SyFy/Netflix series Nightflyers, being shot in the new Troy Studios on the west coast in Limerick.

On the film side, the island of Skellig Michael was famously used for a significant portion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while local productions such as The Breadwinner, The Farthest and Float Like a Butterfly have fared well on the international stage. Lance Black's period revenge thriller Black '47, which bowed in Berlin, recently smashed Irish records, taking $1.84 million at the local box office.