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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 115-118
 Header Item Film Industry Tax Reliefs
 Header Item Appointments to State Boards
 Header Item Offshore Islands
 Header Item Calafoirt agus Céanna

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 893 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 115-118

Film Industry Tax Reliefs

 115. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the number of applications for section 481 relief in 2015; the names of the films that have benefitted from this relief; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35838/15]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys Key statistics in relation to Certification of Projects under Section 481 of The Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, are regularly published on my Department's website at the following link http://www.ahg.gov.ie/app/uploads/2015/07/summary-of-key-statistics.pdf.

  I understand that the Revenue Commissioners publish on their website the beneficiaries of tax relief under S481 of the Taxes Consolidation Act (1997), as amended (Film Relief Scheme).

Appointments to State Boards

 116. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys when she plans to advertise publicly for the vacant position on the board of the Irish Film Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35839/15]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys On 30 September 2014, the Government introduced a new system for appointments to State Boards. The Public Appointments Service (PAS) now advertises all vacancies on its State Boards portal www.stateboards.ie and applications must be processed by way of a transparent assessment system designed and implemented by PAS.

  Officials of my Department are in discussions with PAS on the matter and I expect that the vacancy on the Irish Film Board will be advertised very shortly.

Offshore Islands

 117. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the funding provided for in the Estimates for 2016 for island development offices and staff on non-Gaeltacht offshore islands; the way this compares with the funding in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35904/15]

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh As indicated in Budget 2016, the current funding allocation available to my Department for the offshore islands has been increased from €5.9m in 2015 to €6.631m in 2016. This is an indicative figure which is subject to the Estimates being approved in due course. This additional allocation will be available for various support measures to all the offshore islands, including funding for development offices on the non-Gaeltacht islands.

Calafoirt agus Céanna

 118. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív den Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys an mbeadh sí sásta casadh le toscaireacht ó phobal Inis Meáin le ceist forbairt Ché an Chalaidh Mhóir a phlé leo; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. [35932/15]

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh Mar is eol don Teachta, is cúram do Chomhairle Contae na Gaillimhe Cé an Chalaidh Mhóir ar Inis Meáin agus tá an Chomhairle freagrach as forbairt agus cothabháil na cé sin. Cé nach bhfuil aon airgead ar fáil domsa don fhorbairt faoi láthair, tá mé sásta, ar ndóigh, bualadh le toscaireacht ón oileán chun an cheist a phlé leo, ach iarratas dá leithéid a fháil uathu.


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