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Deenihan, Jimmy

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


North-South Implementation Bodies

Was asked: the reason the Ulster-Scots Agency spent more than €480,000 of public funds over 12 months without proper authority in 2010; the reason there is a delay of two years in the publication of the agenc...More Button

Commemorative Events

Was asked: his views on the current status of plans to commemorate the centenary of 1916; if key historical projects such as Teach an Phiarsaigh, the Moore Street Monument, and Kilmainham Courthouse, will be ...More Button

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. It is my objective in relation to the 1916 centenary programme to bring forward a programme of commemorative events and projects that is comprehensive, ...More Button

Work has commenced on the Kilmainham Courthouse project, while I understand that the preparation of the military service pensions archive has progressed to enable the inaugural online launch of m...More Button

The Deputy will also know that on 16 July last I made a determination in relation to a consent application and related environmental impact statement on the Moore Street National Monument which p...More Button

Other initiatives to excite interest and encourage participation are being carried forward. The online reporting of contemporary news continues with Century Ireland and attracts a wide audience....More Button

Commemorative Events (Continued)

It is my intention that commemorative arrangements for the centenary of the Easter Rising will build on this model.More Button

I have had engagements with all the national cultural institutions and the Arts Council. I am really very encouraged by their approach to and enthusiasm for the decade of commemoration, especially...More Button

As always, I welcome the views of the Members, including those of Deputy McLellan. The Deputy has engaged very positively since she assumed her position. The anniversaries of Home Rule and the ...More Button

The major development, which I read recently in the newspaper, is that NAMA has committed a huge sum of money for the restoration of the monument. I was not directly notified of that by NAMA but i...More Button

The remainder of the site, which is often referred to in the House, is a matter for Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála. It is their responsibility, whereas mine is for the national monumen...More Button

National Archives

Was asked: the reason 70,000 boxes of archives held by the National Archives are at present uncatalogued and in need of archival and preservation processing; if this backlog means that the National Archives i...More Button

National Archives (Continued)

As the Deputy is aware, the National Archives is responsible by law for the acquisition of records of permanent value from Departments of State, the courts and 61 named bodies. The National Archiv...More Button

I understand that the National Archives has a historic backlog of approximately 70,000 boxes of archives which need archival and preservation processing to varying degrees. These documents are h...More Button

The historic backlog largely comprises records of national significance rescued by the National Archives in order to secure their preservation, where there is no legal requirement on the agency t...More Button

Cataloguing is one of the core professional duties of archivists in the National Archives, requiring specialist knowledge and in-depth understanding of the content and historical and administrati...More Button

Records of historical significance are being prioritised and that will continue to be the case. On the question of the moratorium, we recently appointed archivists to the National Archives, not to...More Button

The records contained in the 70,000 boxes in question are kept in a secure place and will be available to the public in the not-too-distant future. Since 2008, the National Archives has experience...More Button

There has never been more interest in archival material, principally because it is the decade of commemorations. Some really interesting projects are under way both inside and outside the Nation...More Button

Air Strips

Was asked: the current status of the airstrips at Inishbofin and Cleggan in Connemara; the way his Department plans to ensure that the airstrips are successful in their operations; and if he will make a state...More Button

Irish Language

Was asked: if he will consider Irish text only day; if he or his Department officials have examined this idea in the past; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme

Was asked: if he will review the content and conditions of contracts issued to turf cutters under the cessation scheme; the number of contracts issued and the numbers returned to date; the number under each c...More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter this afternoon.

  Under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme, three types of legal agreements have been and are being issu...More Button

In response to Deputy Naughten's, this is a very complex issue. The Deputy has been raising this issue in the Dáil for a number of years and has been very consistent on the issue. Given the locat...More Button

Approximately 1,151 legal contracts have been returned to the Department and we are going through the process. I agree these people are entitled to relocation since they have expressed an interest...More Button

I am not aware there is a difference between Clara bog and other bogs. As Deputy Naughten knows, we are not taking ownership of the bog from people. They still own the bog and all we are doing is...More Button

I will certainly come back to Deputy Flanagan with the clarification he seeks on the bogs the TCCA recommended for relocation which did not measure up with regard to quality and quantity. Unfort...More Button

Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: when he intends to fill the current vacancies on the board of the Arts Council; his views on the length of time for which those vacancies have been in existence; and the process for filling the rel...More Button

At the time there was one vacancy, and that has been filled. However, other vacancies are due to arise and I will now outline how it is proposed to deal with them.

  At present,...More Button

The chairperson has given the Arts Council almost her full-time attention for the past five years. I met Ms Moylan recently and we had a conversation. Contact will continue until the position is ...More Button

I will take what Deputy McLellan has said into consideration. To date, my appointments to the Arts Council have been generally welcomed. The individuals involved have a high level of competence...More Button

The profile and competency of the current membership of the board of the Arts Council is extremely impressive.More Button

Appointments to State Boards (Continued)

All of its members are arts practitioners with a long history of contributing to the development of the arts. My policy on appointments will be similar. However, in appointing new members of the ...More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Relocation Options

Was asked: the number and location of turf cutters affected by SACs, NHAs or other conservation measures who have so far been offered and have accepted alternative turf cutting facilities; the number and loca...More Button

Was asked: the number of bog relocations that have been completed; the number where an alternative location has been sourced that will meet the demand for relocation; the number where alternatives have yet to...More Button

Was asked: notwithstanding his reply to previous parliamentary questions in this regard, the extent to which his Department has engaged with traditional turf cutters at the various locations mentioned that ha...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9, 17 and 206 together.More Button

Some 2,839 applications for compensation under the cessation of the turf cutting compensation scheme have been received and acknowledged by my Department. Of these, 797 applicants have expressed...More Button

Deputies will appreciate that relocation is a very complex process in terms of investigating suitable sites for turf quality and quantity, the infrastructure and drainage works required, establis...More Button

A group from Clara Bog special area of conservation in County Offaly commenced turf cutting at a relocation site in Killeranny, County Offaly, in June 2012, where 23 qualifying turf cutters have ...More Button

I am advised that of the remaining 49 raised bog special areas of conservation, potential relocation sites have been identified for a further 33 bogs and work is ongoing on identifying and invest...More Button

Bord na Móna has been contracted by my Department to assist the process and has so far assessed in the region of 100 potential relocation sites. It has also entered into negotiations with landow...More Button

On raised bog natural heritage areas, my Department is finalising a review of the position in accordance with the programme for Government. This review will provide clarity for turf cutters and ...More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Relocation Options (Continued)

The conditions for compensation and relocation were set out quite clearly. It was for those who had exercised their right for the previous five years. That has been quite clear, unless there were...More Button

The proposed plan will be out shortly. The national peatlands strategy was part of an agreement with Europe to address the court case but people have nothing to fear about it. It is very importan...More Button

The focus will be on SACs and NHAs but there is a broader discussion to be had here. The plan will be available to the public and everybody will get an opportunity to discuss it.More Button

The NHA plan to which our Government gave a commitment in the programme for Government will be announced shortly. It will go out for consultation. It will contain solutions to some of the exist...More Button

Yes.More Button

The national peatlands strategy has been discussed by the Peatlands Council for a number of years and, unfortunately, the TCCA decided to withdraw from the Peatlands Council after it had signed up ...More Button

That was a signed agreement back in June 2011-----More Button

-----and then they withdrew, which was unfortunate. They should have been discussing whether it was the SAC, the national heritage areas or a strategy for the future. There is nothing to fear abo...More Button

Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan does not want any settlement of this issue. He has made no effort to arrive at a settlement and it is in his interest to create mayhem in rural Ireland. Deputy Luke 'M...More Button

The Deputy was in Europe and it was clearly stated to him that these bogs must be closed. He does not want to accept it.More Button

As regards any contravention of the law, it was obvious that this is breaking the law and people must be brought to justice the same as anyone else breaking any law.More Button

There were other issues raised by Deputy Denis Naughten and Deputy Bernard Durkan, including an issue of Northern Ireland.More Button

Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is not interested in listening.More Button

Cultural Policy

Was asked: in view of the recent call from the head of design at the National College of Art and Design (details supplied) on the Government to officially acknowledge Dublin 8 as a leading cultural and creati...More Button

In Ireland, we recognise the potential of the creative industries and particularly their beneficial characteristics. The creative industries now encompass more than the traditional areas of the art...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he continues to have discussions with stakeholders in the arts and heritage sectors with a view to the maximisation of the sectors’ ability to continue to impact favourably on t...More Button

The Gathering initiative, undertaken by my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, has the strong support of my Department and the agencies under my Department's remit. A range of...More Button

My Department and its agencies have made a substantial contribution towards ensuring a strong linkage between the cultural area and tourism and, in so doing, to The Gathering. This promotes and e...More Button

My Department's Culture Ireland Programme supports artists to travel abroad and promote this country. Efforts are continuing to maximise the benefits from that funding and, in this regard, I have...More Button

Throughout 2013, my Department has worked to encourage linkages between arts and culture and The Gathering initiative and these efforts will continue into the future.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department encourages opportunities for children to view various items of historical, cultural or heritage interests with a view to generating ongoing interest in that secto...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department oversees and has policy responsibility for the conservation, preservation, protection, development and presentation of Ireland’s heritage and culture. In...More Button

Inland Waterways Development

Was asked: the position regarding the Ulster Canal restoration project; the steps that must be taken to complete the project; the indicative timeline for the completion of the project; and if he will make a s...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, in July 2007 the North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC) agreed to proceed with the restoration of the section of the Ulster Canal between Clones and Upper Lough Erne. T...More Button

City of Culture Initiative

Was asked: the supports his Department intends to provide to local arts and tourism bodies, and the local authority to ensure Limerick’s designation as city of culture for 2014, is successful; his Department'...More Button

Was asked: the plans in place for the Limerick city of culture initiative; if he is satisfied with the budget allocated to the city of culture programme; the long-term benefits expected for the artistic commu...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 14 together.More Button

The aim of the City of Culture initiative is to deliver a programme of cultural events and engagement in a city for one year in such a way as to lead to a permanent increase in the engagement of ...More Button

As Deputies will be aware, Limerick City is undergoing a process of profound change at present and 2014 is an important year for the city as it will be the year in which a new single local author...More Button

Funding of €6 million towards the cost of the City of Culture Programme was provided to my Department in Budget 2014 and will be reflected in the Revised Estimates Volume (REV) to be published in...More Button

The scheme for disbursal of the allocation to Limerick City and County Council will be grounded in a Service Level Agreement (SLA) currently being prepared by my Department, together with a forma...More Button

Clearly, the primary relationship in relation to these matters will be between my Department and Limerick City and County Council. Day-to-day operational, administrative and associated matters wi...More Button

Culture Night

Was asked: if he has made any progress on the commitment in the programme for Government to make the Culture Night initiative a twice yearly event; the actions he plans to ensure this commitment is kept; and ...More Button

Following on from discussions between my Department and relevant stakeholders, including Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and St. Patrick's Festival, it was agreed that th...More Button

Grazing Rights

Was asked: his plans for farmers participating in the Twelve Bens-Garraun complex in Connemara; the negotiations his Department has had with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding said f...More Button

Farmers in the Twelve Bens/Garraun and Maumturk Mountain Complex Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) were obliged to amend their farming practices from 1 November 2008 to ensure that mountain/comm...More Button

This grazing restriction concluded on 1 November this year. The payments delivered from my Department assisted farmers in delivering Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition - GAEC - in these...More Button

Supports for farming are principally a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. In terms of future schemes for Natura areas, my Department is engaged in ongoing...More Button

  Question No. 17 answered with Question No. 9.More Button

Philanthropy Initiatives

Was asked: if he is satisfied that his Department’s current strategy relating to philanthropy here will result in a rise of donations to philanthropic causes in the coming years; the actions he will take in 2...More Button

My colleague, Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has responsibility for philanthropy in general and for increasing donations to philanthropic causes....More Button

Was asked: the extent to which philanthropic funding remains available for the promotion of the arts; the extent to which the future is secure in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Programme for Government   includes the following commitment in the area of Philanthropy and the Arts:- More Button

National Monuments

Was asked: the contact he has had with the National Asset Management Agency and Chartered Land relating to the national monument on Moore Street, Dublin 1; the progress made on the redevelopment of this site;...More Button

On 16 July last I made a determination in relation to a consent application and related Environmental Impact Statement submitted by the owners under the National Monuments Acts in relation to propo...More Button

The national monument is in private ownership and, accordingly, the advancement of proposals that reflect the terms of the consent I have granted is a matter for the owners. The consent is, howe...More Button

I have since met the monument owners who have informed me that they are currently preparing proposals for the site which would fit within the terms of my decision on the consent application and t...More Button

My Department informed the National Asset Management Agency at the outset of the receipt of the consent application in this case and also of my decision in July. I am aware of recent media repor...More Button

  Question No. 22 answered with Question No. 8.More Button

Waterways Ireland Remit

Was asked: if he will identify the various State agencies whose operations bear upon the management of the Royal Canal and the steps they are taking, individually or collaboratively; if he will increase comme...More Button

Was asked: if the European Regional Development Fund has been considered as a possible source of funding towards the costs, estimated at over €5 million, of overcoming obstacles to navigation, namely, the lif...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 198 and 199 together.More Button

Waterways Ireland is the navigation authority for the Royal Canal and is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the Royal Canal, principally for recreational purposes. Wa...More Button

I am advised that Waterways Ireland has not sought funding to redevelop the lifting bridge referred to by the Deputy and has no plans to seek such funding at this time. Ongoing operation of the ...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the number of officials in his Department that are receiving the cost of club membership fees, including sports clubs and professional bodies, as part of their contract of employment; the total cos...More Button

In supporting Continuing Professional Development my Department recognises the value of membership of professional bodies in the context of keeping pace with the latest professional standards and p...More Button

The number of officials and the cost of such reimbursements for my Department in 2012 were 32 and €8,297 respectively. The corresponding figures for 2013 to date are 30 and €8,018, respectively.More Button

My Department does not incur any costs in relation to sports or other club membership fees.More Button

Was asked: if his Department is paying for any of its employees to receive third level qualifications; if so, the annual cost for each of the past five years; if the employee will receive a financial bonus as...More Button

My Department recognises the importance of educational study in supporting the development of skills and expertise for workplace performance, and in promoting the concepts of self-development and l...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: if funding is available from any source for a project (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I welcome the active consideration by individuals of such projects of the nature referred to by the Deputy, however, there is no available funding for such projects at this time.More Button

Was asked: the funding available as bursaries or to support music students studying overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department does not provide grants to specific performing art practitioners or students as described by the Deputy. Funding decisions including bursaries are a matter for the Arts Council.More Button

Responsibility for the promotion of the arts at all levels throughout the country is primarily devolved to the Arts Council. The Arts Council is the principal agency through which State funding ...More Button

Hare Coursing

Was asked: the number of hares killed or which subsequently died at coursing meetings during October and November 2013; if this represents an increase on the average at these meetings; and if he will make a s...More Button

Licences were issued by my Department to the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) on behalf of their affiliated clubs under the Wildlife Acts to facilitate the tagging and capturing of hares for the purpose o...More Button

The ICC provides reports to my Department which include data relating to hare fatalities at coursing meetings. In addition, officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department a...More Button

  Question No. 206 answered with Question No. 9.More Button

Film Industry Promotion

Was asked: the extent to which he continues to have dialogue with the various stakeholders in the further development of the film making industry with particular reference to the encouragement of the use of t...More Button

Primary responsibility for the support and promotion of film-making in Ireland, in respect of both the indigenous sector and inward productions, is a matter for the Irish Film Board (IFB). More Button

The IFB is the statutorily independent agency responsible for the promotion and development of the Irish film industry and I have no responsibility in relation to its day-to-day operational matte...More Button

In Budgets 2013 and 2014, significant changes to the film and television production tax and incentive regime were announced. I believe that the impact of these changes will be significant in term...More Button

I can also assure the Deputy that I avail of very opportunity to encourage film making in Ireland, including by facilitating the availability of locations such as historic buildings and national ...More Button

Arts Promotion

Was asked: the degree to which he continues to have dialogue with various local and voluntary musical societies and art groups with a view to maximising community interest in the arts; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he, his Department or bodies under his aegis have received applications for grant aid in respect of productions throughout County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 213 together.

  The Government's policy on the arts is to promote and strengthen the arts in all its forms, to increase access to and par...More Button

Architectural Heritage

Was asked: the extent to which a full audit of all historical buildings, including those of architectural and cultural interest, exists; the degree to which any alterations have been made in recent years; and...More Button

The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) is a State initiative under the administration of my Department. Its purpose is to identify, record, and evaluate the post-1700 architectura...More Button

EU Funding

Was asked: the extent to which EU funding has been made available for the preservation or restoration of historical monuments, buildings or sites in the past five years to date; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

My colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform oversees EU Structural Funding. As the current programme of Structural Funds, which is running from 2007-2013, is not closed out, I unde...More Button

It should be noted that EU funding may benefit Ireland's built heritage through a number of funding streams. For example, my Department is working with the Border, Midland and Western Regional As...More Button

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has also committed funding for conservation work under the LEADER stream of the Rural Development Programme. Funding has also been pr...More Button

  Question No. 213 answered with Question No. 209.More Button

Culture Initiatives

Was asked: the extent to which he and his Department can identify, promote and support cultural events in the coming year which might be of substantial economic benefit; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

My Department has already identified and committed to supporting a number of cultural events in the coming year.

  In the first instance, my Department is providing significant ...More Button

Ferry Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 431 of 26 November 2013, the qualifications the adjudicators of the tender process in the provision of cargo services to the Aran Islands had regarding issues ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 431 of 26 November 2013, if the present operators of the Aran Islands cargo service are in adherence with the tender requirements to dock at Inis Meáin pier; i...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 431 of 26 November 2013, if in the open competitive tender process unsuccessful candidates had a vessel which fulfilled the stated criteria of being able to tr...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 431 of 26 November 2013, if this response confirms that the service provider successful in the tender process is not currently, nor since 1 January 2013, provi...More Button