122. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the steps that have been taken by the Government to revitalise rural towns; the programmes that have been put in place; the funding sources that have been made available for this purpose; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37795/16 asked on 30 Nov 2016 - Rural Economic Development Zones)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Programme for a Partnership Government highlights the importance of town and village renewal in revitalising rural Ireland. In the last number of months, I have introduced a number of schemes which will support the development of towns and villages all over Ireland.
In August, I launched a new Town and Village Renewal Scheme which has allocated funding of almost €10 million to 172 towns and villag...

948. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the basis for the hooded grey crow and the magpie being individually identified as a threat to public health as declared under Regulations (1)(A) of the European Communities (Wildlife Act, 1976) (Amendment) Regulations 1986, SI Number 254 of 1986; her views on this derogation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24700/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Wildlife Regulations)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Birds Directive is implemented in Ireland under the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011. Under the terms of the Directive, all Member States of the EU are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. Under Article 9(a), Member States may derogate in the interests of public health and safety; air safety; to prevent seriou...

982. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since included the date it became vacant for State Boards or governing bodies under her control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a short-list provided to her by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under her control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26077/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information sought by the Deputy is provided in the Table below. None of the appointments required the approval of Government. It may be noted that the National Archives of Ireland has an Advisory Council, rather than a Board.
The Public Appointments Service operates a dedicated website, www.stateboards.ie, through which it advertises vacancies on State Boards. Arrangements are currently in train ...

140. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the consultations that took place between his Department and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding the potential threat of environmental damage posed to the special area of conservation from Rockabill to the Dalkey Island reefs by the greater Dublin drainage project; his views that such a threat exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3607/13 asked on 24 Jan 2013 - Special Areas of Conservation)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): My Department has had consultations with Fingal County Council in relation to this proposed project, which, I understand, would fall to be considered by An Bord Pleanála. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government may also have a function if a foreshore consent is required (a function previously exercised by the former Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries), but no consultations have taken place be...