Written Answers - Heritage Sites.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 674 No. 1

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  203.  Deputy Olivia Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the Revenue generated in 2008 by tourism receipts from visitor attractions and heritage sites operated by the Office of Public Works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4325/09]

  204.  Deputy Olivia Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   if the Office of Public Works receives a specific budget for the operation and maintenance of visitor attractions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4326/09]

  205.  Deputy Olivia Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the amount of the Office of Public Works budget in 2008, expended on salaries, administration and maintenance of visitor attractions and heritage sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4327/09]

[164]Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Deputy Martin Mansergh): Information on Dr Martin Mansergh  Zoom on Dr Martin Mansergh  I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 to 205, inclusive, together.

The Heritage Service of the Office of Public Works are responsible for the conservation, maintenance and preservation of about 750 National Monuments in State care and the management and maintenance of more than 20 Historic Properties. Over 60 of these sites are presented to the public with a dedicated guide service. The OPW has a series of price bands for the different sites, which reflect the relative popularity of individual sites. Some sites are presented to the public free of charge.

In 2008 revenue generated amounted to €7.1 million and it is estimated the salaries attributed to these sites totalled €9.5 million. Works at these Heritage sites are carried out in the main as part of the overall maintenance and conservation works programme of a directly employed workforce. There is no specific budget allocation for the facilities at each site.


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