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The Irish Film Board will be keeping details of the upcoming Star Wars shoot on Sceilig Mhichíl confidential.

CEO of the Irish Film Board James Hickey said its policy in assisting producers who shoot in Ireland is similar to other film agencies around the world.

Mr Hickey said the film’s producers expect the Irish Film Board’s dealings with them to remain confidential “until they are ready to make the announcements they want to make in relation to their projects”.

Mr Hickey also said the only basis on which they’ll share their plans is “where there is trust that the Irish Film Board will not reveal their plans to third parties, including the media”.

“If we were to reveal such plans without the permission of the producers” Mr Hickey said, “no producer would trust us” and “we would not then be able to help these producers to locate their productions in Ireland.”

Following the filming of scenes for Star Wars VII on Skellig Michael last summer, producers of the movie are said to be returning to Kerry to shoot for the sequel.

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However the Irish Film Board has come in for criticism from An Taisce as Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Heritage officer Ian Lumley has said, any damage to the world heritage site could leave the State open to legal action from the EU.