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Higgins, Michael D.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 Nbr. 1


Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - National Heritage.

Was asked: the way in which he intends to promote further knowledge and interest in our national heritage among young people throughout the country.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Film Industry.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the measures in the Finance Bill, 1996, pertaining to the film industry will increase the number of films to be made in Ireland in 1996; and his views on whether su...More Button

Was asked: his views on the future of the Irish film industry; if he has satisfied himself that an amended section 35 of the Finance Act, 1987 will continue to attract major film makers; and if he will make a...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Public Arts Schemes.

Was asked: the consultations, if any, he has had with the Department of the Environment concerning the publication of the review by Irish and international consultants on the experience of the public arts sch...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Ulster Canal Project.

Was asked: the funding, if any, he has secured for the restoration of a portion of the Ulster Canal.More Button

Written Answers. - Music Industry Development.

Was asked: the response, if any, he has given to the proposals of the music and recording industry in Ireland and particularly the recommendations of the industry.More Button

Was asked: when it is intended to establish the proposed national music board; the board's proposed remit with regard to the development of popular music; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Quin Abbey (Clare) Plans.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for Quin Abbey, County Clare; the progress, if any, that has been made in respect of this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he is taking to increase the number of personnel in the wildlife service in an effort to protect endangered species of wildlife whose numbers have been depleted in recent years.More Button

Written Answers. - Dungarvan Castle (Waterford) Restoration.

Was asked: when restoration work on Dungarvan Castle, Dungarvan, County Waterford, will commence with a view to having it open to the public as an amenity.More Button

Was asked: when the archaeological dig in and around Dungarvan Castle, County Waterford will commence; and when it will be completed.More Button

Written Answers. - Habitats of Nesting Birds.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he is taking to ensure that the habitats of nesting birds are being protected during the current breeding season.More Button

Written Answers. - Use of Irish Language.

Was asked: the main steps, if any, he is taking to reinvigorate the use of the Irish language in everyday life; and if he will make a statement on his precise goals in this regard.More Button

Written Answers. - Letterkenny (Donegal) Theatre Project.

Was asked: if he intends to provide Exchequer funding for the theatre project in Letterkenny, County Donegal.More Button

Written Answers. - Religious Television Station.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to proposals by a group entitled UNITAS 2000 to establish a religious television station; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the group hopes to...More Button

Written Answers. - Protection of Wildlife Habitats.

Was asked: the measures, if any, he is taking to protect wildlife habitats which are being destroyed by the drainage of wetlands, removal of hedgerows and burning of undergrowth; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Written Answers. - National Museum Opening Hours.

Was asked: if he will review the opening hours of the National Museum with a view to extending such hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Bull Island (Dublin) Nature Reserve.

Was asked: the total allocation to the Nature Reserve in North Bull Island under the £57.85 million EU structural funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Appointments to State Bodies.

Was asked: the persons appointed by him to the boards of semi-State companies and other organisations under the aegis of his Department since February 1995; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following are the persons appointed to the boards of semi-State companies and other organisations under the aegis of my Department since February 1995:More Button

Músaem Nua-Ealaíon na hÉireann (Irish Museum of Modern Art)More Button

(1) Gillian Bowler (Chairperson)*More Button

(2) Kieran CorcoranMore Button

(3) Jim DorganMore Button

(4) Rita FaganMore Button

(5) Maurice Foley*More Button

(6) Eoghan HarrisMore Button

(7) Gary JoyceMore Button

(8) Gordan Lambert*More Button

(9) Brian MaguireMore Button

(10) Mike Murphy*More Button

(11) Paula MurphyMore Button

(12) Brian O'DohertyMore Button

(13) Amelia SteinMore Button

(14) Lochlann Quinn*More Button

(15) Dorothy Walker*More Button

An Cumann Náisiúnta Amharclainne (National Theatre Society — Abbey and Peacock)More Button

(1) Deirdre Purcell*More Button

(2) Gemma HusseyMore Button

An Ceoláras Náisiúnta (The National Concert Hall)More Button

(1) Dermot Egan (Chairman)More Button

(2) Aiveen KearneyMore Button

(3) Audrey CorbettMore Button

(4) Fergus JohnstonMore Button

(5) William DowdallMore Button

(6) Peter McEvoyMore Button

(7) Joan ParkerMore Button

(8) Marie-Louise O'DonnellMore Button

(9) Pat HeneghanMore Button

(10) John McNallyMore Button

(11) Malachy Smith*More Button

(12) Irene NolanMore Button

Bord na Leabhar GaeilgeMore Button

(1) Áine Nic Gearailt*More Button

(2) Éamonn Ó hÓgáin*More Button

(3) Seán de Fréine*More Button

(4) Ursula Ní Dhálaigh*More Button

(5) Diarmaid Ó Cathasaigh*More Button

(6) Rhoda Uí Chonaire*More Button

(7) Vivian Uibh EachachMore Button

An Chomhairle Oidhreachta (The Heritage Council)More Button

(1) Freda Rountree (Chairperson)More Button

(2) Anne BrennanMore Button

(3) Emer ColleranMore Button

(4) Michael ConaghanMore Button

(5) Michael ConryMore Button

(6) Ruth DelanyMore Button

(7) Jimmy DunneMore Button

(8) Elizabeth FahyMore Button

(9) Orla HanlyMore Button

(10) Anna McHughMore Button

(11) Tomás Ó CaoimhMore Button

(12) Peter PearsonMore Button

(13) Jim ReynoldsMore Button

(14) Michael RyanMore Button

(15) Micheline Sheehy-SkeffingtonMore Button

(16) David SlatteryMore Button

(17) John WaddellMore Button

Standing Committees of the Heritage Council Standing Committee on WildlifeMore Button

(1) Alexander ButlerMore Button

(2) Anne FarrellMore Button

(3) William SmithMore Button

Standing Committee on ArchaeologyMore Button

(1) Ted CreedonMore Button

(2) Michael O'HanrahanMore Button

(3) Primrose WilsonMore Button

Standing Committee on Architectural HeritageMore Button

(1) W. A. HoulihanMore Button

(2) Loughlin KealyMore Button

(3) Deirdre KellyMore Button

Standing Committee on Inland WaterwaysMore Button

(1) John CarolanMore Button

(2) Cartan FineganMore Button

(3) Heather ThomasMore Button

Radio Telefís Éireann (appointed by the Government)More Button

(1) Farrel Corcoran (chairperson)More Button

(2) William AttleyMore Button

(3) Garret FitzGeraldMore Button

(4) Desmond GeraghtyMore Button

(5) Anne HaslamMore Button

(6) Betty PurcellMore Button

(7) Bob QuinnMore Button

(8) Maureen Rennicks (resigned and was replaced by Patricia Redlich on 16 April 1996)More Button

(9) Anne TannahillMore Button

*Re-appointedMore Button

Written Answers. - Land Acquisition Compensation.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to pay compensation due to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim in respect of land acquired as part of the Shannon/Erne Waterway project.More Button

Negotiations on the claim of the person in question are ongoing with the claimant's solicitor with a view to reaching final settlement of the claim.More Button

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to have compensation paid to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim in respect of land acquired as part of the Shannon/Erne Waterway project.More Button

An offer was made to the person in question some time ago and the waterways service is awaiting a reply from the claimant's consultant as to whether the offer has been accepted.More Button

Was asked: when payment in respect of all lands acquired as part of the Shannon/Erne Waterway project will be made; and the number of claims that are outstanding.More Button

Approximately 350 claims have been received to date for compensation for land acquired in connection with the development of the Shannon-Erne Waterway. The number of definitive claims remaining to...More Button

Negotiations are ongoing with all claimants or their representatives in an effort to finalise claims.More Button

Written Answers. - National Library Developments.

Was asked: the projected developments, if any, in the National Library over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A number of significant developments are planned to take place at the National Library over the period referred to.More Button

Legislation will be introduced to establish the National Library as an autonomous body under the aegis of my Department.More Button

Work on the preparation of a second strategic plan for the five-year period from 1997 will be commenced. This plan will have regard in particular to the provisions of the Government's strategic ma...More Button

A national photographic archive will be established in Temple Bar later this year where the photographic collections of the National Library will be relocated and developed. It is envisaged that t...More Button

Work on the development of the Racquet Hall at the rear of the National Library to house a microfilming unit will commence shortly. It is hoped that this new facility will allow the National Libra...More Button

A major preservation copying project involving work on Gaelic manuscripts will be undertaken. Additional work on the maps collection held by the National Library will be carried out while consider...More Button

The latest technology will be implemented to ensure the continued development of the National Library so as to provide a fast and efficient service to users who due to their remote location do not ...More Button

The National Library will undertake a review of its information services over the coming years and will continue to develop its educational and exhibition services as well as its heraldic and genea...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: the total amount of national lottery funding that was available to his Department in each of the years from 1992 to 1995; if he will give a breakdown of such funding; the additional programmes and ...More Button

Details of projects which have benefited from national lottery funding in the areas of arts and culture, heritage and the Irish language during the years 1992 to 1994 are contained in the Appropria...More Button

Details in respect of organisations/ projects to which funding was provided in 1995 follow in Appendix 1-2.More Button

The total amount of national lottery money provided for the areas of arts and culture, heritage and the Irish language under the aegis of my Department in 1995 was £14,378,680. These amount...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 8 of 26 Deireadh Fómhair 1995 in relation to grants paid by the Heritage Council.More Button

Written Answers. - Teilifís na Gaeilge.

Was asked: the total cost of Teilifís na Gaeilge to date; when this station will commence broadcasting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Go dtí go mbeidh structúir dlíthiúla ar leith curtha ar bun do Theilifís na Gaeilge, tá cúram leagtha ar RTÉ i ndáil leis an mbonnegar...More Button

Tuigim ó RTÉ go raibh caiteachas carnach de £11,730,000 go dtí deireadh Aibreáin 1996, a bhfuil suim £7,950,000 de sin go baint le caiteachas caipitil agus ...More Button

Faoi mar a cuireadh in iúl cheana féin, tá RTÉ ag súil leis go dtiocfaidh an tseirbhís nua ar an aer ar 31 Deireadh Fómhair 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - National Parks and Nature Reserves.

Was asked: if he will give a breakdown of the £6.65 million expenditure on national parks and nature reserves under the EU Operational Programme for Tourism 1994 to 1999; the locations in each case; and...More Button

A total of £6.65 million of structural funds has been allocated for National Parks and Nature Reserves under Measure 3 (Natural Environment) of Sub-Programme 1 (Natural/Cultural Tourism) in t...More Button

The list of the six approved projects under this programme is as follows:—More Button

1. Mayo National Park, £2.00 million; Provision of visitor facilities.More Button

2. Provision/Improvement of Visitor Facilities at Nature Reserves and Conservation sites across the country, £2.3 million; The facilities range in scale from information or direction signs t...More Button

3. Clara Nature Reserve, £1.1 million; Provision of study/visitor facilities.More Button

4. Glengarriff Nature Reserve, £0.4 million; Improvement of visitor information and facilities.More Button

5. Lough Hyne Nature Reserve, £0.5 million; Provision of study/visitor facilities.More Button

6. Doneraile Court. £0.35 million; Provision and improvement of visitor facilities.More Button

Written Answers. - Cross-Border Development.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself in respect of the level of co-operation in the field of culture and arts between the North-South cross-Border development in order to ensure an adequate take-up of the a...More Button

I am satisfied that there exists a sufficient level of co-operation between arts and culture organisations in the Border areas to allow for all funding which is available for arts and culture proje...More Button

Written Answers. - RTÉ Reception.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he is taking to ensure that households in Northern Ireland who want to receive broadcasts from the South receive such broadcasts.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 27 of 14 March, 1996, columns 425 and 426 of the Official Report for that day refer. As I indicated in that reply, I am hopeful of an early successful...More Button

Once agreed solutions to any foreseen technical problems can be identified. I am confident of securing political agreement to increasing the power of the RTÉ transmitter at Clermont Carn w...More Button

Written Answers. - Inland Waterways Development.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for the development of inland waterways; the projects which will be undertaken in 1996; the level of expenditure involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A total expenditure of £22.65 million is proposed on the development and improvement of inland waterways during the period 1994-1999.More Button

Expenditure in 1996 is expected to be £4.983 million.More Button

The projects which will be funded in 1996 from this provision are:—More Button

(a) The continued restoration of the Royal Canal.More Button

(b) Continued improvements to the Grand Canal and Barrow Navigation including landscaping and improvement of moorings,More Button

(c) Works to extend the Shannon Navigation along the River Suck to Ballinasloe.More Button

(d) Works to extend the Shannon Navigation nearer to Boyle.More Button

(e) Provision to moorings in the Claddagh Basin and improvements to the Eglinton Canal.More Button

(f) Works to restore the Tralee Ship Canal.More Button

(g) Commencement of design for new moorings at Lanesboro/ Ballyleague.More Button

(h) Completion of work to mooring facilities in Belturbet.More Button

(i) Commencement of Environmental Impact Assessment of proposed extension of Shannon Navigation to Lough Oughter.More Button

(j) Commissioning of a report on the proposed restoration of the Boyne Navigation.More Button

(k) Commencement of works to improve the Shannon Navigation in Limerick.More Button

(l) Improvement of angling facilities on canals.More Button

Works which will be commenced later in the programme are:—More Button

1. Construction of mooring facilities at Grange.More Button

2. Extension of the quay at Shannonbridge.More Button

3. Provision of waterways visitor facility in Galway.More Button

Written Answers. - Wildlife Rangers.

Was asked: the number of wildlife rangers employed in each county; their individual areas of responsibility; their duties; the plans, if any, he has to increase the number of rangers in view of the proposed i...More Button

As it is not possible to describe the specific areas of responsibility covered by each of the wildlife rangers a map has been prepared for the information of the Deputy and will be forwarded to him...More Button

The expected legislative changes referred to by the Deputy will deepen and extend the range of these duties and as I regard this area as very important, I will seek to allocate more staff to it as ...More Button