Press Release

Committee Inquiry puts Spotlight on Creative Industries

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Reference: CAL 04/11/12

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has launched an inquiry into the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

These industries 1, which include the performing arts, craft, fashion, multi-media, gaming software and film, have the potential to make an increasing contribution to the Northern Ireland economy. The inquiry will look at the ways government supports the development of these industries through its policies, strategies and frameworks, and identify whether additional support is needed.

Launching the Inquiry, Chairperson of the Committee, Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA, said: “It is widely accepted that the creative industries have the potential to make significant economic and social contributions to society. With its capacity for job and wealth creation, it is essential that the correct policies are in place to ensure conditions are right to stimulate industry growth, maximise and harness economic benefits, and cultivate creativity.”

The specific Terms of Reference for the Committee’s inquiry can be viewed on the Assembly website,, including instructions on how to submit written evidence.


Notes to Editors:

Committee Membership:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA.
The Deputy Chairperson is Mr William Irwin MLA

The Committee has a further nine members:

Mr Dominic Bradley MLA
Mrs Brenda Hale MLA
Mr David Hilditch MLA
Mr Michael McGimpsey MLA
Ms Karen McKevitt MLA
Mr Oliver McMullan MLA *
Mr Cathal Ó hOisín MLA
Mr Pat Sheehan MLA
Mr Robin Swann MLA

* With effect from 12 September 2011 Mr Oliver McMullan replaced Mr Gerry Kelly

The Clerk to the Committee is Lucia Wilson

Committee Office
Northern Ireland Assembly
Room 344 Parliament Buildings
Stormont Estate, Ballymiscaw
Belfast BT4 3XX
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