The Irish government has pledged $188m (Euros 145) to support the Irish Film Board's work until 2013.

The investment forms part of the $238bn seven-year National Development Plan, details of which were revealed yesterday.

It will be allocated to the Irish Film Board to support its work, and particularly to support international objectives, such as marketing Ireland as a film location through the recently-opened Los Angeles office.

The arts, sports and culture department is conducting a review of the development of film in Ireland and the ability of its infrastructure to support both local film-makers and to attract inward investment.

'Unquestionably, this plan places the arts and cultural sector at the very core of government policy and at the leading edge of its developmental objectives,' said arts, sports and culture minister John O'Donoghue.

The last National Development Plan ended in 2006 and concentrated on Ireland's transport infrastructure.