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Humphreys, Heather

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Commemorative Events

Was asked: her plans in the lead up to the 95th anniversary of the execution of Liam Mellows by the Free State in Mountjoy Gaol to issue a State apology to the families of the at least 77 persons executed in ...More Button

The Government will continue to mark the significant historical events that took place on the road to the foundation of the State and will be advised and supported in its plans by the guidance of t...More Button

I am committed to ensuring that the State’s approach to remembering this period, and all of those who lost their lives during it, will be based on the respectful, sensitive, inclusive and authent...More Button

Creative Ireland Programme

Was asked: the expenditure of the Creative Ireland programme to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An enabling budget of €5m was allocated to implement the Creative Ireland Programme in 2017. This includes an ambitious plan to deliver ten high level initiatives by the end of 2017. Further deta...More Button

Arts Funding

Was asked: the State’s contribution to cultural services per capita in comparison to the rest of the EU 28; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Funding allocations made available to my Department are published each year in the Revised Estimates Volume with the outturn published in the Annual Appropriation Account.

  The...More Button

Was asked: if there is designated funding made available to Youthreach services for the provision of arts subjects.More Button

The Youthreach programme is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Education and Skills and any funding under the Programme would be provided under the Department of Education and Skills.More Button

EU Programmes

Was asked: her plans to fund application assistance for Creative Europe applications for large scale projects in view of the underperformance of Irish applications in funding rounds to date; and if she will m...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that in 2017 there was in fact a positive outcome for Irish applicants from the Co-operation Projects Strand of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme.More Button

In 2017 a total of 36 applications were made involving Irish organisations (2 as coordinators and 34 as partners) with a success rate in 2017 of 24%, well above the EU average of 16% and the UK a...More Button

The overall direct grant allocation to Irish projects for the 2017 round of funding was just under €624k, which brings the total amount allocated to Ireland since the start of the Creative Europe...More Button

The Culture and Media Creative Desks, supported by the Arts Council, Irish Film Board, as well as through liaison with my Department, provide expertise and assistance for all applications being s...More Button

In order to support  and assist Irish arts organisations who intend to apply under the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme, the Arts Council offers the Creative Europe (Culture Sub-Programme) T...More Button

In 2016, the Arts Council introduced a Co-funding Award which is open to Irish arts organisations which have been successful under the co-operation projects strand (both large and small scale) of...More Button

Full support is offered through these means to incentivise and facilitate as wide a participation as possible in the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020 by Irish arts organisations and to build c...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Was asked: the steps she is taking to increase the access for disabled persons to the arts; the amount of funding she has allocated to these programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Arts Act 2003, primary responsibility for the promotion and support of the arts, including arts participation, throughout the country is devolved to the Arts Council.

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Arts and Culture Capital Scheme Funding

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the lack of spaces for younger and non-professional artists to participate in musical, artistic or other creative activities; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

I am aware of the issue regarding the provision of affordable studio space, particularly as a result of the changing property market.  My Department has had discussions with the Arts Council, the O...More Button

Arts Plan

Was asked: if there are regular meetings of regional arts offices with each other.More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to Local Authority Arts Offices which are primarily an operational matter for the local authorities. However, I understand that there are opportunities for Arts Of...More Button

The Arts Council, which is funded by my Department, provides support to local authorities directly for arts programming. The Arts Council also engages with local Arts Officers and local authorit...More Button

Finally, Arts Officers are part of the local authority Culture Teams in local authorities across the country, and my Department, through the Creative Ireland Programme office, engages collectivel...More Button

Departmental Bodies Data

Was asked: the State bodies or boards that fall under the remit of her Department; and the number of members of each State body or board who are not qualified within the field in which the board or body has o...More Button

The following State bodies or boards fall under my remit: the Arts Council; the Chester Beatty Library; the Crawford Art Gallery; the Heritage Council; the Irish Film Board; the Irish Museum of Mod...More Button

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Was asked: if the National Parks and Wildlife Service has previously taken action to scare gulls off treated water reservoirs for Dublin city; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS has previously taken action to scare and-or remove gulls off rooftops at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS has previously taken action to scare and-or remove gulls off a location (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS has previously acted to scare gulls away from treated water reservoirs in Dublin city, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and at a location (details supplied).More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 to 251, inclusive, and 265 together.More Button

My Department has previously issued licenses under section 42 of the Wildlife Acts to scare (birds) or remove eggs or nests of various gull species in respect of the locations referred to by the ...More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study of species (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the person or organisation that applied for the licence for a scientific study of species (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS received a copy of the report of a study of species (details supplied) from the team that conducted it; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the action in line with her Department’s role and function, the NPWS has taken or plans to take in relation to a study of species (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study of species (details supplied) to investigate the presence of antimicrobial resistance in the species, as certain types of which, if prese...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 to 255, inclusive, and 262 together.

  My Department has issued no such licence. 

  The Minister for Health has addressed...More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department issued no such licence.More Button

Was asked: if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study in Galway of the Brent geese species to investigate the presence of antimicrobial resistance as certain types, if present, would have pot...More Button

My Department issued no such licence.More Button

  Question No. 264 answered with Question No. 257.More Button

  Question No. 265 answered with Question No. 249.More Button

EU Directives

Was asked: the status of her Department’s decision to exclude public health from the reasons provided in the derogation schedule 2 for 2017/18 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the status of her Department’s decision to restrict and zone the derogation schedule 2 to apply only in Balbriggan and its districts (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: the reason for her Department’s decision to exclude public health from the reasons given in the derogation schedule 2 for 2017/2018.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 257, 258 and 264 together.

  The EU Birds Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures in respect of certain w...More Button

Was asked: if her or the NPWS's attention have been drawn to the scientific study by a person (details supplied) dealing with AMR in wildlife and the policy implications both for public health and for wildlif...More Button

Was asked: if her or the NPWS's attention have been drawn to the scientific study published by the national veterinary authorities of Serbia dealing with AMR specifically in gulls and the serious public healt...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether scientific studies (details supplied) have implications for the NPWS's determinations in respect of the public health criterion in the derogation; and if she will make a statem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.

  The studies referred to in the Questions have been brought to the attention of my Department and will  also be...More Button

  Question No. 262 answered with Question No. 252.More Button

Official Languages Act

Was asked: if there are methods whereby a community can change the name of their areas on maps; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Planning Guidelines

Was asked: her views on statements made by Kerry County Council in the planning zoning document, Landscape Character Assessment of Kerry, that the majority of landscapes in north County Kerry are not importan...More Button

Local Authorities are responsible for their own local Landscape Character Assessments. Landscape Character Assessment is a tool for identifying the features that give a locality its particular ‘sen...More Button

Arising from Ireland’s ratification of the European Landscape Convention I launched the National Landscape Strategy for Ireland 2015-2025 in May 2015. Copies are available on my Department’s webs...More Button

The Strategy is to be implemented in two phases. The key action in Phase one, as set out in the Implementation Programme, will be the preparation of a National Landscape Character Assessment (NLC...More Button

The primary role of planning authorities and the consultative roles of other bodies and persons in decision-making relating to landscape issues will continue to be governed by the provisions of t...More Button

Was asked: her plans to call an inquiry into the landscape character assessment of Kerry and the related renewable energy strategy for County Kerry and planning zoning (details supplied).More Button

I do not have a role in relation to the establishment of any such enquiry. Local authorities are responsible for their own local Landscape Character Assessments. The primary role of planning author...More Button

Planning Issues

Was asked: the number of unbuilt wind turbines that have live planning permission or permission granted but not yet used throughout the country by county.More Button

I have no function in this matter.More Button

Local Authority Staff Recruitment

Was asked: if funding will be provided to create a Wexford County Council heritage officer position; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The County Heritage Officers Programme is a partnership between the Heritage Council, which is funded by my Department, and Local Government. 

  County Heritage Officers are empl...More Button