Shock as Cork is excluded from regional tax incentive for film industry

Shock as Cork is excluded from regional tax incentive for film industry
Still from the movie Young Offenders with actors Alex Murphy and Chris Walley

Young Offenders creator Peter Foott is among those who have hit out at Cork’s exclusion from an incentive designed to add to attract filming to regional part of Ireland.

A new 5% Regional Uplift tax incentive, available for four years, received EU approval this week but Cork is not included.

“The film and television industry in Cork is thriving at the moment, with great potential to really establish Cork within the industry not only in Ireland but internationally,” Mr Foott said. “The exclusion of Cork from the Regional Uplift is a big worry, not only for the four years that it will be in place, but for the years to follow also - [and] leaves Cork at a clear disadvantage.” 

Rossa Mullin, head of Film In Cork, said the industry was shocked by Cork’s exclusion.

“As a result, the growing Cork production sector will be at a major disadvantage nationally for the four-year period of the Regional Uplift, and will struggle to support production in the area,” he said. “This will result in a loss of growth, employment, and capacity building within the industry in Cork and potentially reverse much of the investment and great work that has been done over the last number of years.” 

Cork has been home to numerous high-profile feature films and television series over the years from The Wind That Shakes The Barley to Star Wars VIII shooting in Cork, and more recently the hugely successful film and television series The Young Offender.

Film In Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council along with key stakeholders are requesting the people of Cork to support and protect the Cork production sector by signing a petition at www.change.org to call on the government to provide the vital funds to correct the unfair imbalance that the 5% Levy has created.

You can sign the petition here.

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