Written Answers - Architectural Heritage

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 717 No. 1

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  278.  Deputy Seymour Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   if any decision has been taken regarding the letter of request by an organisation [251](details supplied) concerning Bellamont Castle, County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34404/10]

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Bellamont Castle is a fine example of a Palladian villa of the 18th century and is of significant architectural importance. My Department considers whether heritage properties might be acquired, on behalf of the State, where exceptional circumstances apply. In principle, normal planning procedures and legislation should be used to give adequate protection to the special interest of a heritage property without the need for State acquisition, in particular, in the current fiscal climate. In the case of Bellamont Castle, this principle applies and acquisition is not considered appropriate.


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