- 25 May 16
The U2 frontman urged the Minister for the Environment to move ahead with the plans
Dublin is likely to follow in the footsteps of Belfast's successful film studio docklands project, with a state of the art film studio being proposed for the Capital's south Docklands area.
The Irish Times reports that the plan has been in the works for five years, with the site for the venture expected to be the Glass Bottle site in Ringsend. The new proposed film studio could employ up to 3,000 people. The main players behind the project are James Morris, founder of the Windmill Lane Studios, Brooklyn film producer, Alan Moloney and an Irish-American consortium.
Bono also helped move the idea along with a phone call to the Minister for the Environment at the time Alan Kelly. On a published statutory register of lobbyists, Paul Hewson, aka Bono, was listed. The entry reads: “An informal phone call was made in order to promote the idea of a world-class film studio in Dublin.”
"We are delighted to have the support of Bono, who has been a tireless campaigner for the creative arts, for investment in Ireland - and has a global reputation in the creative industries," Morris and Moloney said.“We should also point out that Bono has no financial interest whatsoever in this proposal."
"Ireland is now a very attractive location to produce television series and movies. Ireland needs the infrastructure to capitalise on the growth of the film and digital industries and the growing international success of Irish film-making talent."