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The Irish Film Board has received an extra $3 million from John O’Donoghue, Ireland’s minister for arts, sports & tourism, bringing its 2006 allocation to $24.8 million.

The cash is intended to boost Irish film and TV production into the first half of next year. The Irish government hopes the coin will generate production spend of $38.5 million in the next 12 months.

“The government has also introduced significant improvements to the film tax incentive Section 481 this year,” said O’Donoghue, adding that, “we anticipate that film and television in Ireland will generate over $102 million in 2006.”

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