129. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if funding has been committed to progress the installation and construction of a sea wall and associated coastal defences at Machaire Rabhartaigh in County Donegal; if so, the amount of funding that has been allocated for this project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51254/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Heritage Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
A number of years ago, my Department, in co-partnership with the Department of Regional Development, Northern Ireland, Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries Ltd and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd in Scotland, participated in the INTERREG funded Small Ferries Project with the view to developing suitable vessels and piers for small islands in the three juris...

130. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans for the installation and construction of a sea wall and associated coastal defences at Machaire Rabhartaigh in County Donegal; the costings associated with these planned works; when construction is expected to commence on this project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51255/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Heritage Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
A number of years ago, my Department, in co-partnership with the Department of Regional Development, Northern Ireland, Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries Ltd and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd in Scotland, participated in the INTERREG funded Small Ferries Project with the view to developing suitable vessels and piers for small islands in the three juris...

594. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the names of the special advisers employed in her Department; the names of special advisers to Ministers of State in her Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special advisers immediately prior to taking up their current roles or immediately prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle; if so, the Minister to whom they were appointed; the date each special adviser was appointed with effect as stated in the Government order; the date of the Government order; if they received a salary for the period before the appointment order was signed in the case of special advisers whose appointment order date has an effect date earlier than the order date; if so, by whom they were paid; if a special adviser during a period later backdated by appointment order had access to confidential material and-or Cabinet papers; if they were subject to the Official Secrets Act 1963 during this period; if persons currently employed as special advisers have not yet been appointed by order since the Cabinet reshuffle of 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46464/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): There are two Special Advisers employed by my Department. Mr. Pauric McPhillips was initially appointed on the 19th July 2016, and signed all appropriate documents including the Official Secrets Act. Mr. McPhillips remained on the Department’s payroll as Special Adviser following the June 2017 reconfiguration of Departments and was officially re-appointed by Government Order made on 26 July 2017 with effect from 14 Jun...

273. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Pearse Doherty den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil aon dul chun cinn déanta aici chun bád farantóireachta úr toiscdhéanta a choimisiúnú don phasáiste idir Machaire Rabhartaigh agus Oileán Thoraí i gContae Dhún na nGall; cén uair a chuirfear an tseirbhís seo ar fáil do phaisinéirí; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 41591/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Seirbhísí Farantóireachta)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Tar éis cruinniú a bheith agam le toscaireacht ó Oileán Thoraí le déanaí maidir le seirbhís farantóireachta an oileáin sin, tá iarrtha agam ar oifigigh mo Roinne tús a chur leis na próisis pleanála cuí chun bád sainlasta a chur ar fáil le freastal ar phobal an oileáin agus oibreacha a dhéanamh ag Cé Mhachaire Rabhartaigh ar mhaithe le n-í a chur in oiriúint don bhád sin. Mar a thuigfidh an Teachta, beidh ar mo Roinn sa...

121. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of capital projects authorised by Údarás na Gaeltachta in County Donegal in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the amount spent in respect of each; the number of these projects which qualified for grant aid funding under the percent for art scheme; the detail of each such commission; if moneys allocated for such commissions as part of the scheme in respect of the years has yet to be spent; if so, the amount, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40828/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Údarás na Gaeltachta Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Deputy will appreciate that the information being requested is comprehensive and, accordingly, it has not been possible to collate same in the time available.
Údarás na Gaeltachta has been requested to supply the relevant information as soon as possible. I will arrange for it to be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is to hand and within the timeframe set down in Standing Orders. 
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355. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the staffing levels of both full-time and part-time staff employed to maintain the castle gardens at Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal; the number of vacancies in respect of full time, part time and seasonal positions which have yet to be filled as part of the gardening team; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39161/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - National Parks)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 355 and 356 together.
I am advised that the staffing resources required to meet my Department’s business needs are assessed through the Department’s Workforce Plan, having regard to emerging business priorities, the availability of payroll resources and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform directives, guidelines and circulars on staffing. I am advised that while there have been n...

356. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has received formal requests for additional staffing resources to complement the team of workers employed to maintain and care for gardens at Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal, in each the of the years 2015 and 2016 and to date in 2017; if so, if the requests were either approved or rejected in each instance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39162/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - National Parks)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 355 and 356 together.
I am advised that the staffing resources required to meet my Department’s business needs are assessed through the Department’s Workforce Plan, having regard to emerging business priorities, the availability of payroll resources and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform directives, guidelines and circulars on staffing. I am advised that while there have been n...

357. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the conservation plan for the care and preservation of architectural elements and ornamental structures sited at the castle gardens of Glenveagh National Park was formally enacted; her plans to revise and update the plan to ensure that the conservation needs of this amenity may be most effectively met in the years going forward; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39163/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - National Parks)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In October 2015, the National Parks and Wildlife Service completed a “Statues and Ornamental Collection Conservation Training Report”, for Glenveagh Castle. This report helps inform the process of business, budgetary  and works planning for Glenveagh National Park in each financial year and this will continue in 2018.
The Training Report is an internal NPWS document rather than a statutory plan and therefore does not r...

717. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the cost her Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38219/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The cost to my department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees and the financial institutions to which the payments were made are detailed in the following table. 
 Financial Institution 2012 (€’s) 2013 (€’s) 2014 (€’s) 2015 (€’s) 2016 (€’s) 2017 YTD (€’s) Visa 94.72 98.10 98.10 98.10 98.10 79.05 Elavon Financial Service...