305. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount of Leader funding allocated to each county council annually in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 29555/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Ireland’s LEADER programme 2014-2020 has a total budget of €250 million over the lifetime of the programme. €220 million of this funding has already been allocated to Local Action Groups throughout the country who deliver the LEADER programme. The remaining €30 million is available for schemes which will be delivered at a national level. The allocated funding was not distributed to County Councils; ...

62. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reinstigate an Oireachtas decade of centenaries committee under the auspices of her office, as was the practice before (details supplied). (Question 22975/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Is ceist an-simplí í seo. I do not know which of the two Ministers are in charge now. This question was submitted over a month ago. When will the Minister reinstigate the Oireachtas decade of commemorations committee which has operated in some form or other since 2006?
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70. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the Decade of Centenaries commemorative events she has attended since 26 March 2016; and the commemorative events she hopes to attend during the remainder of 2017. (Question 22974/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I have attended a large number of commemorative events since Easter Saturday, 26th March 2016, as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme.
The 1916 centenary commemorations were inclusive, respectful and measured and sought to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. Never in the history of our State have so many of our citizens been involved in shared historical ...

162. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the steps she is taking in conjunction with Waterways Ireland to bring to an end an issue that is occurring with increasing frequency (details supplied). (Question 2199/17 asked on 18 Jan 2017 - Waterways Issues)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: I have been informed that Waterways Ireland technical staff recently visited the location in question to assess the situation referred to by the Deputy and to determine the options available to try to make the location referred to by the Deputy less attractive to such activities. Waterways Ireland is currently assessing these options and, subject to available funding, hope to be in a position to impleme...

464. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to re-establish the decades of centenaries all-party consultative committee; and her further plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office. (Question 32802/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 371 of 22 November 2016. 
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371. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office; and her plans to re-establish herself or instruct the Minister for State to re-establish the decade of centenaries all-party consultative committee and its related advisory committee. (Question 36105/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. At all times, the Government has been supported in its plans by the guidance and advice of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and the Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations.
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611. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the person responsible for Waterways Ireland and why he or she is allowing a full commercial development to operate on land and water owned by Waterways Ireland which is clearly outside the Waterways Ireland jurisdiction line in Killinure Lough, County Westmeath. (Question 9836/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Waterways Ireland Remit)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Waterways Ireland operates under the policy direction of the North South Ministerial Council and the Ministers of the relevant Sponsor Departments (my own Department and the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland) and is accountable to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland is Dawn Livingstone. I have been informed by Waterways Ireland that resp...

245. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the expenditure, the training and evaluations that have taken place, and the number of persons engaged to work on the training and evaluation of competence in Irish in the Civil Service within and outside her Department since the transfer of responsibility for from Gaeleagras to her Department in 2013, and her plans for the future. (Question 1590/16 asked on 14 Jan 2016 - Irish Language)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): For the past number of years, Foras na Gaeilge has had contractual agreements with Gaelchultúr/Coláiste na hÉireann for the provision of Irish language training services to the public service. The value of the current contract for these services, for the period from March 2015 to February 2018, is €40,000 per annum. In accordance with these contractual agreements, amounts of €66,666, €57,777 and €41,11...

952. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups her Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46771/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 952, 953 and 954 together.
The table below lists the annual subscriptions paid by my Department for membership of professional bodies, both corporate and individual, in 2015. The total cost of these subscriptions came to €19,601.
 Membership Body Number of Subscriptions Total Cost Institute of International and European Affairs Corporate € 7,000 Europarc Federation Corporate ...

953. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines her Department has, including the cost and details. (Question 46772/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 952, 953 and 954 together.
The table below lists the annual subscriptions paid by my Department for membership of professional bodies, both corporate and individual, in 2015. The total cost of these subscriptions came to €19,601.
 Membership Body Number of Subscriptions Total Cost Institute of International and European Affairs Corporate € 7,000 Europarc Federation Corporate ...

954. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the annual cost to her Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio and social media. (Question 46773/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 952, 953 and 954 together.
The table below lists the annual subscriptions paid by my Department for membership of professional bodies, both corporate and individual, in 2015. The total cost of these subscriptions came to €19,601.
 Membership Body Number of Subscriptions Total Cost Institute of International and European Affairs Corporate € 7,000 Europarc Federation Corporate ...

55. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an gcuirfidh sí an t-eolas is deireanaí maidir leis an Straitéis 20 Bliain ar fáil agus cathain a bheidh sé ar fáil; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 43463/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Mar is eol don Teachta, is ar mo Roinnse atá an fhreagracht uileghabhálach an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010-2030 a chomhordú i gcomhar le páirtithe leasmhara éagsúla. Cuirtear é seo i gcrích tríd na struchtúir éagsúla, lena n-áirítear an Coiste Rialtais don Ghaeilge agus don Ghaeltacht, an Coiste Comhairleach, an Grúpa Idir-Rannach agus na grúpaí ardleibhéil éagsúla. Beidh an Straitéis 20 Bliain...

282. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Gaeltachta cad é an líon post i Roinn na Gaeltachta atá folamh, cad iad na poist atá i gceist, cé chomh fada is atá siad folamh agus cad iad na céimeanna atá á nglacadh aige chun na folúntais a líonadh. (Question 43350/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Folúntais Foirne Rannacha)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Tá curtha in iúl dom nach bhfuil líon áirithe post ag mo Roinn. Déantar bearna a mheas, de réir mar a thagann siad chun cinn ar fud na Roinne, trí phróiseas pleanála don fhórsa oibre, ag féachaint go cuí do threoracha, treoirlínte agus ciorcláin ar sholáthar foirne ón Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe. Faoi láthair tá 50 ball foirne sannta do Rannán na Gaeltachta i mo Roinn. Tá soláthar foirne an rannáin faoi réi...

283. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Gaeltachta cad é an líon post i bhForas na Gaeilge atá folamh, cad iad na poist atá i gceist, cé chomh fada is atá siad folamh agus cad iad na céimeanna atá á nglacadh aige chun na folúntais a líonadh. (Question 43351/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Foras na Gaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I dtosach báire, ba chóir dom a mheabhrú don Teachta go bhfuil Foras na Gaeilge mar áisíneacht den fhoras forfheidhmithe trasteorann, An Foras Teanga. Dá réir sin, tá na socruithe foirne cuí leagtha amach san Acht um Chomhaontú na Breataine-na hÉireann 1999. Go hachomair, tá Foras na Gaeilge freagrach as an gcúram earcaíochta faoi réir an líon agus struchtúr foirne atá ceadaithe ag na hAirí Airgeadais ...

284. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Gaeltachta cad é an líon post in Údarás na Gaeltachta atá folamh, cad iad na poist atá i gceist, cé chomh fada is atá siad folamh agus cad iad na céimeanna atá á nglacadh aige chun na folúntais a líonadh. (Question 43352/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Údarás na Gaeltachta)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh) (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tuigim ó Údarás na Gaeltachta go bhfuil líon iomlán foirne na heagraíochta ag an leibhéal atá údaraithe dóibh faoin gCreat um Rialú Fostaíochta agus dá réir sin níl aon fholúntas inlíonta san eagraíocht faoi láthair.
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638. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cén fáth nach bhfuil scéim teanga i bhfeidhm ach ag 115 chomhlacht phoiblí as 400. (Question 42819/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht(Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna 638, 639 agus 640 le chéile. 
Mar a thug mé le fios don Teachta i mo fhreagra ar Cheisteanna Dála 604 agus 608 ar an 24 Samhain 2015, tá 107 scéim teanga reatha i bhfeidhm agus tá 115 comhlacht poiblí clúdaithe faoi na scéimeanna sin. Clúdaíonn na scéimeanna teanga sin mórchuid na gcomhlachtaí poiblí a mbíonn plé idirghníomhach ag an phobal leo ar bhonn rialta, lena n-áirítear ranna...

639. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an í an tAire féin atá freagrach as a chinntiú go bhfuil scéim aontaithe le gach comhlacht poiblí, de réir Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003. (Question 42820/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht(Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna 638, 639 agus 640 le chéile. 
Mar a thug mé le fios don Teachta i mo fhreagra ar Cheisteanna Dála 604 agus 608 ar an 24 Samhain 2015, tá 107 scéim teanga reatha i bhfeidhm agus tá 115 comhlacht poiblí clúdaithe faoi na scéimeanna sin. Clúdaíonn na scéimeanna teanga sin mórchuid na gcomhlachtaí poiblí a mbíonn plé idirghníomhach ag an phobal leo ar bhonn rialta, lena n-áirítear ranna...

640. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cad atá an tAire chun a dhéanamh chun a chinntiú go bhfuil scéim aontaithe le gach comhlacht poiblí agus cén dáta a bheidh seo déanta. (Question 42821/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht(Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna 638, 639 agus 640 le chéile. 
Mar a thug mé le fios don Teachta i mo fhreagra ar Cheisteanna Dála 604 agus 608 ar an 24 Samhain 2015, tá 107 scéim teanga reatha i bhfeidhm agus tá 115 comhlacht poiblí clúdaithe faoi na scéimeanna sin. Clúdaíonn na scéimeanna teanga sin mórchuid na gcomhlachtaí poiblí a mbíonn plé idirghníomhach ag an phobal leo ar bhonn rialta, lena n-áirítear ranna...

604. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil scéim teanga daingnithe ag Córas Iompair Éireann - lena n-áirítear Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath agus Iarnród Éireann; cá seasann an scéim sin i láthair na huaire. (Question 41466/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna Uimh. 604 agus Uimh. 608 le chéile.
Tá iarrtha ar Chóras Iompair Éireann, lena n-áirítear Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath agus Iarnród Éireann, dréacht scéim teanga a thíolacadh dom faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 agus tá oifigigh mo Roinne i dteagmháil leis an chomhlacht poiblí ina leith. 
Tá sonraí ar fáil ar shuíomh gréasáin Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga www.coimisineir.ie m...

608. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an gcuirfidh sí liosta ar fáil de na comhlachtaí poiblí a thagann faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003 nach bhfuil scéim teanga aontaithe ag an Roinn leo. (Question 41670/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna Uimh. 604 agus Uimh. 608 le chéile.
Tá iarrtha ar Chóras Iompair Éireann, lena n-áirítear Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath agus Iarnród Éireann, dréacht scéim teanga a thíolacadh dom faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 agus tá oifigigh mo Roinne i dteagmháil leis an chomhlacht poiblí ina leith. 
Tá sonraí ar fáil ar shuíomh gréasáin Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga www.coimisineir.ie m...

18. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an dtabharfaidh sí míniú ar an moill atá ar an obair ag ionad Theach an Phiarsaigh i Ros Muc, Co. na Gaillimhe; cén t-athrú atá déanta ar na pleananna; cén fath a rinneadh an t-athrú sin; agus cén uair a bheidh sé réidh lena oscailt don phobal. (Question 39531/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Comóradh 1916)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Joe McHugh Tá an t-ionad do chuairteoirí ag Teach an Phiarsaigh ar cheann de na hocht meabhrúcháin bhuana atá á bhforbairt mar chuid d’Éire 2016: Clár Comórtha Céad Bliain. Mar is eol don Teachta, fógraíodh i gcáinaisnéis 2016 go mbeidh allúntas de €1.9m curtha ar fáil i Vóta mo Roinne do 2016 do Theach an Phiarsaigh, faoi réir na Meastachán a bheith faofa in am trátha.
Táim sásta go bhfuil an obair ar an togra seo ag...

782. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil sí chun buiséad Fhoras na Gaeilge a choinneáil mar atá nó a mhéadú, leis an gcaint atá ann go mbeidh laghdú de 4.35% ar bhuiséad Fhoras na Gaeilge ón mbliain seo chugainn ar aghaidh; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 34199/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Maoiniú d’Fhoras na Gaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 782 agus 783 le chéile.
Mar is eol don Teachta, is áisíneacht den Fhoras Teanga é Foras na Gaeilge agus, dá réir sin, is í an Chomhairle Aireachta Thuaidh Theas a cheadaíonn a bhuiséad. Déantar Foras na Gaeilge a chómhaoiniú ar bhonn 75% ó mo Roinnse agus 25% ón Roinn Cultúir, Ealaíon agus Fóillíochta i dTuaisceart Éireann. Anuas air seo, cuireann mo Roinn maoiniú breise ar ...

783. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil sí chun buiséad Fhoras na Gaeilge a choinneáil mar atá nó a mhéadú, leis an gcaint atá ann go mbeidh laghdú de 4.35% ar bhuiséad Fhoras na Gaeilge ón mbliain seo chugainn ar aghaidh; an bhfuil sí sásta glacadh le moladh a rinneadh ag an gComhchoiste go mbeadh 10% den earnáil phoiblí inniúil sa Ghaeilge; cén plean atá ag an Roinn chun an sprioc seo a bhaint amach; cén sprioc ama atá ann chun an plean seo a chur i gcrích; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 34200/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Maoiniú d’Fhoras na Gaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 782 agus 783 le chéile.
Mar is eol don Teachta, is áisíneacht den Fhoras Teanga é Foras na Gaeilge agus, dá réir sin, is í an Chomhairle Aireachta Thuaidh Theas a cheadaíonn a bhuiséad. Déantar Foras na Gaeilge a chómhaoiniú ar bhonn 75% ó mo Roinnse agus 25% ón Roinn Cultúir, Ealaíon agus Fóillíochta i dTuaisceart Éireann. Anuas air seo, cuireann mo Roinn maoiniú breise ar ...

14. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an gcuireann sí fáilte roimh leathnú scéim Líofa ar fud an oileáin ó tá an scéim sin á cur i bhfeidhm ag Cumann Lúthchleas Gael trína chlubanna timpeall na tíre. (Question 32134/15 asked on 24 Sep 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I dtús báire, ní foláir dom a mhíniú go mbaineann an tionscadal Líofa leis an Roinn Cultúir, Ealaíon agus Fóillíochta i dTuaisceart Éireann. Sheol an tAire Ní Chuilín an tionscadal sa bhliain 2011 leis an sprioc go gcláródh 1,000 duine ó thuaidh leis an Ghaeilge a fhoghlaim. Ag eascairt as an tsuim a léiríodh sa tionscadal, tuigtear dom gurb é an sprioc reatha ná go mbeidh 20,000 duine cláraithe do Líofa...

16. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil sé i gceist aici na comhlachtaí a thagann faoi rialacha Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiula, 2003 a leathnú, agus cén uair a dhéanfar sin. (Question 32133/15 asked on 24 Sep 2015 - Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tá na comhlachtaí poiblí a thagann faoi scáth Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 liostáilte i gCéad Sceideal an Achta agus sna Rialacháin um Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 (Comhlachtaí Poiblí) 2006 (I.R. Uimh. 150 de 2006) a tháinig i bhfeidhm ar an 1 Bealtaine 2006.
Tá an próiseas chun uasdátú a dhéanamh ar na comhlachtaí poiblí atá le háireamh faoin Acht á bhreithniú ag mo Roinn i gcomhthéacs Bhille ...