Deenihan, Jimmy

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 740 No. 1

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Written Answers - National Monuments

Was asked: if, in view of the unsatisfactory position regarding access to national monuments, he will expedite the publication of a Bill updating the existing Monuments Act; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

The general scheme of a Monuments Bill to consolidate, update and improve the legislative code governing the protection and regulation of the national archaeological heritage has been submitted to the...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Longford will be awarded compensation in respect of their bog under the cessation of turf-cutting compensation scheme; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

In May 2010, the voluntary bog purchase scheme was closed to new applicants. Processing of applications on hand has been slower than anticipated due to capacity constraints in undertaking the conveyan...More Button

Written Answers - National Parks

Was asked: his plans to erect a permanent memorial at Letterfrack Industrial School Children’s Graveyard, Clifden, County Galway, in memory of the children who died there; if the visitors centre interpretative ...More Button

Was asked: if he has responsibility for the Connemara National Park and the visitor centre; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that despite part of the park and the visitor centre being located on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 435 and 449 together. Connemara National Park was established in 1980, combining land from a number of sources, including Kylemore Abbey, Coillte Teoranta and a number...More Button

Written Answers - Invasive Species

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The species referred to by the Deputy was first introduced to Ireland over 100 years ago. It forms dense thickets along roadsides, waste-grounds and waterways, reproduces by vegetative means and is di...More Button

Written Answers - National Parks

Was asked: the plans the National Parks and Wildlife Service has for the change of farming practices and methods and stock levels for hill farmers; and if any financial assistance will be given to affected farm...More Button

My Department, in association with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, is currently undertaking a review of all commonage framework plans. The review will provide the basis for the sust...More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers

Was asked: if he will contribute to the development of piers at Dunquin and An Blascaod Mór, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints, my Department is not currently in a position to make a financial contribution to the development of piers at Dún Chaoin and An Blascaod Mór. However, my De...More Button

Written Answers - National Parks

Was asked: if suitable lands in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, will be set aside for the purpose of community allotments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The primary remit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department is the conservation of our natural heritage, and accordingly, it would not be considered appropriate to set aside land in ...More Button

Written Answers - Commemorative Events

Was asked: the action he will take to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the battle of Callan, Kilgarvan, County Kerry, which occurs this August 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has no plan to commemorate this event which, while it is not of national significance, may well merit some appropriate local or community initiative.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money that was spent on taxis by his Department in the past year; the amount of money that has been provided for in the next year for taxi services for his Department; the times that ta...More Button

Was asked: the amount his Department has spent on taxis for staff and for others in each of the past four years. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 441 and 451 together. The Deputy will be aware that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was established on 2 June 2011. The amount spent on taxi service...More Button

Written Answers - Arts Funding

Was asked: the number of persons that visited the National Print Museum in 2010; and the amount that was paid by the State in grants and other payments to the National Print Museum during the same period. More Button

The National Print Museum had 21,400 visitors in 2010 and the total amount of grants paid to the Museum in that year was €182,000.More Button

Was asked: if he funded or grant aided the Irish Labour History Museum in 2010; if so, the amount that was involved; and the number of persons that visited the museum during the same period. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Irish Labour History Museum did not receive any grant aid from my Department in 2010. The visitor numbers to the Museum are not available to my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Wildlife Protection

Was asked: if measures will be taken to protect the curlew from extinction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The curlew is red-listed as a globally threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2007. A recent survey published by BirdWatch Ireland indicated that, based on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Arts Funding

Was asked: the way applicants for Culture Ireland funds are assessed according to financial need; the number of arts organisations that have surplus funds; and if surplus funds will be deducted from the grant a...More Button

Culture Ireland operates a quarterly grant scheme to support the international presentation of work by Irish artists. To be eligible for funding, the primary purpose of the proposed international vis...More Button

Was asked: the number of direct grants that were provided by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport in 2010 specifically for funding of the arts; the way the arts organisations were made aware of this fun...More Button

Capital grants for arts projects paid in 2010 under the D.5 Cultural Development subhead of my Department’s Vote are published on my Department’s website at www.ahg.gov.ie/en/arts/grants and funding. ...More Button

Written Answers - Arts Council

Was asked: the number of staff in the Arts Council; and the breakdown of the numbers of staff who have specific responsibilities for various sector in the Arts. More Button

I understand that the Arts Council employs 46 whole-time equivalent staff across a range of grades. The following table gives a breakdown of staff employed directly on arts specialist work. All othe...More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Recruitment

Was asked: if he will approve the recruitment of staff at an organisation (details supplied) in County Kerry in view of the fact that 11 persons have retired from their posts in recent years; and if he will mak...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the moratorium on filling staff vacancies across the public service remains in place. I am satisfied though that within this context, adequate staffing resources are in pl...More Button

Written Answers - Arts Funding

Was asked: if he will deal with a matter (details supplied) regarding funding for self-published authors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to assure the Deputy that I appreciate the difficulties involved in the area of publication, both by companies and individuals. I do not however, have a statutory role in respect of supporting ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the details of spending, using departmental credit cards held by Department staff over the past four years; the numbers of persons in his Department who hold credit cards; the credit limits of said c...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that my Department was established on 2 June 2011. Expenditure incurred using Departmental credit cards from that date was €15,385.38 and I am advised that none of that expen...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the number of persons employed in each of the private offices and the constituency offices of his Ministers of State; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries to each office for 2009, 2010 and t...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons employed in his private offices and constituency offices; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries in regard to each such office for 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011 in tabul...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 453 and 455 together. As the Deputy will be aware, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was established on 2nd June 2011. The details requested by the D...More Button

Was asked: the number of special advisers and programme managers in his Department; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries in regard to each such office for each of the years 2009, 2010 and to date in 20...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was established on 2nd June 2011. My Department has received sanction from the Department of Finance for the appointmen...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the budget available to his Department for IT expenditure in 2010 and 2011; the provisions within his Department for the purchasing of IT equipment; the efforts that are being undertaken to ensure va...More Button

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was established on 2 June 2011 and the Deputy will appreciate that it is not possible to provide meaningful comparative information for 2010 as sough...More Button

Written Answers - Expenditure Reviews

Was asked: if he will publish the details of his Department’s submission and all correspondence to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for consideration as part of the comprehensive spending review....More Button

As the Deputy is aware, in the current economic circumstances, the Government is faced with a number of difficult decisions in lead up to the forthcoming Budget. To assist in this regard, the Governm...More Button

Written Answers - Caiteachas Ranna

Was asked: cad é an caiteachas reatha agus caipitil go 31 Lúnasa, briste síos de réir na gceannteideal sna meastacháin, an soláthar don bhliain do gach ceannteideal agus an caiteachas a bhí tuartha go dtí an d...More Button

Mar is eol don Teachta, tá leithdháiltí caiteachais mo Roinnse ag leibhéal fo-mhírchinn foilsithe sna Meastacháin Athbhreithnithe agus tá próifílí caiteachais foilsithe don bhliain 2011 ar fáil ar lái...More Button

Written Answers - Maoiniú Ranna

Was asked: an ndéanfaidh sé liosta a chur ar fáil de na tograí caipitil oileánda ar caitheadh níos mó ná€1m orthu ó 1998; cad é an t-ollchostas a bhain le gach ceann acu; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thao...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the capital funding spent on islands from the islands subhead of his Department and of previous Departments with this responsibility for the islands for each year from 1998 to 2011 broken down on a ...More Button

Written Answers - Maoiniú Ranna

Was asked: an bhfuil sé i gceist aige airgead pleanála teanga a chur ar fáil do na comharchumainn Ghaeltachta i 2012 faoin Straitéis Fiche Bliain don teanga; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Mar is eol don Teachta, tá sé ráite sa Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010-2030 go mbeidh forbairt córas cuimsitheach pleanála teanga ag leibhéal an phobail sa Ghaeltacht ag croílár na Straitéise. ...More Button

Written Answers - Arts Plan

Was asked: if there has been any contact or discussions between his Department and the Bank of Ireland on making the Bank of Ireland premises in College Green available as a public building for use for public ...More Button

Was asked: if he will give an update on the acquisition of Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2, for its use by the State as a cultural amenity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 462 and 465 together. I refer the Deputies to my replies on 24th May and 2nd June 2011 on this matter. I have met the Chair and Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland and ...More Button

Written Answers - Natural Heritage Areas

Was asked: the steps he must take to designate Lough Ree as a special protection area for wild birds; the way this designation might impact on residents living near the lake and also on flood relief maintenanc...More Button

I am currently engaged in a programme of classification of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) under the Birds Directive. This exercise includes the re-classification of many existing SPA sites, including...More Button

Written Answers - Family History Centres

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the damage these plans may cause to the network of family history centres across the island; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I met with representatives from the Irish Family History Foundation in July where they outlined their views on the digitisation of records. Additionally, I held a full day seminar on 7 September with...More Button

Written Answers - National Archives

Was asked: if funding will be made available to the National Archives to properly preserve the records of psychiatric hospitals as highlighted in a recent television programme (details supplied); if these arch...More Button

I am advised that the archives of hospitals are not covered by the National Archives Act 1986. The Deputy will appreciate, therefore, that my Department and the National Archives have no statutory fun...More Button

Was asked: his plans to reform the 30-year rule for the National Archives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have no plans to reform the 30 year rule for the National Archives.More Button

Written Answers - Archaeological Sites

Was asked: the number of endangered archaeological sites, natural heritage sites and buildings here; if he will give a breakdown of those in County Wicklow; if he will give an update on his review of Part IV A...More Button

Under the provisions of the Planning and Development Act 2000, each planning authority is required to include in its development plan a Record of Protected Structures. The making of an addition to, or...More Button


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