The Irish Film Centre in Dublin's Temple Bar, dedicated to the promotion of film culture, is officially opened by An Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
The building of the £1.5 million centre located in Eustace Street in Temple Bar was built in the 18th Centre and used by the Quakers up until the early 1980s. Funded from investment by the National Lottery, The Arts Council and European Community (EC) Structural funds, the new centre houses two cinemas, a bar, a restaurant, educational and conference facilities, a library and a national film archive.
Chief executive John Horgan has high hopes for the Irish Film Centre (IFC).
It's a recognition of Irish film, at last, and I hope that it's an exciting project that will act as a catalyst for Irish film in this country and lead to greater development of film.
The IFC aims to promote the world of film and it will house ten different film organisations. Among them is the Irish Media Desk aimed at acquainting Irish film makers with the opportunities available to them in terms of providing financial assistance, advice and access to a European wide network of film industry contacts under the EC’s MEDIA 92 programme.
At the launch of the IFC, An Taoiseach Albert Reynolds announced the establishment of a special working group on the film production industry in Ireland. Its aim will be to identify individual measures that should be implemented by the government to create more jobs in film.
It won't be a talking shop, there are jobs in the film industry, jobs are badly needed in the Irish economy and I'm looking at every aspect of the Irish economy that can create jobs, and I know full well from my previous experience that the film industry is labour intensive and has the potential to create jobs.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 September 1992. The reporter is Colm Connolly.