The Arts Council of Ireland and Screen Producers Ireland were among those welcoming increased spending in the arts sector announced in today's budget.

In all, additional funding of €36m was announced, an increase of 12% on 2018 figures.

The increase includes €21m in capital expenditure and €15m in current expenditure. It brings the total culture, language and heritage budget to €339m in 2019.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said the increased funding demonstrates the Government's commitment to the arts and culture sector on a trajectory that will see funding doubled by 2025.

The announcement included a 10% increase in funding for the Arts Council, more than double the increase in 2018.

Chair of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke said the body was "delighted" with funding of €75m in 2019, an increase of almost €7m on 2018.

She said this demonstrates a genuine understanding by Government of the important role of the arts in our lives. Ms Pratschke said the money will allow the council to provide additional support to artists and give people across the country access to high quality arts experiences.

The National Campaign for the Arts, which is a volunteer-led movement representing artists and arts work, gave the Budget a broad welcome.

NCFA chair Angela Dorgan said the uplift in the Budget demonstrates significant progress towards the restoration of the Arts Council of Ireland’s pre-recession allocation.

The body also welcomed the increase in funding for Creative Ireland, particularly in relation to its work through the Creative Youth Programme.

Section 481 film tax relief, which was due to end in 2020, will now be extended until 2024.

In a tweet, Screen Producers Ireland said this would provide clarity and certainty and allow producers to plan beyond 2020.

The measure was also welcomed by Animation Ireland.