Written Answers. - Battle of the Boyne Site.

Thursday, 8 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 543 No. 4

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  29.  Proinsias De Rossa  Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands  Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera   the progress which has been made by the interdepartmental group on the Battle of the Boyne site; when she expects the group to report; the role her Department will play in the development of the site; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27144/01]

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera  The Deputy will be aware that the interdepartmental committee on the Battle of the Boyne site operates under the aegis of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and is chaired by a senior official of his Department. The committee has been mandated by the Government to bring forward proposals for the long-term development of the Battle of the Boyne site. I understand that the committee has received a report from the planning consultants on the future development of the battle site and is considering the report. It is expected that the committee will submit recommendations to Government shortly.

[1211] My Department will be responsible for development and operation of the site in line with the strategy to be approved by the Government.

Interim measures already implemented include: minor road improvements; provision of temporary car-park and viewing points; provision of interpretative panels; works to 3.5km of scenic walkway; completion of initial archaeological and military history research; property maintenance and security work; and commissioning of a specialist planning consultants' study.

Part of the site was opened to the public and a guide service provided during Heritage Week this year, 2 to 9 September.


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