353. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if special funding for a person (details supplied) will be granted; if a special funding scheme to support exceptionally talented young persons under 18 years of age will be investigated, with a view to its introduction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17237/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Arts Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Arts Council is the principal agency through which current funding is channelled to artists and arts organisations. The Arts Council provides funding for a number of bursaries including a Music bursary award to support professional artists to develop their art practice, although I understand that applicants are only eligible to apply for such funding on reaching 18. My Department will however refer the case to the Art...

243. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when she last met and will next neet a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16963/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I have met the person concerned on a number of occasions since I was appointed as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and both myself and my officials maintain ongoing contact with Chairs and Directors of bodies under the aegis of my Department as appropriate.
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1629. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to make 6 December a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty Between Great Britain and Ireland in 1921 (details supplied). (Question 15082/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 was signed on 6th December by the British and Irish delegates in London in the aftermath of the truce which ended the War of Independence.  The signing of the 1921 Treaty is recognised as one of the seminal moments on Ireland’s journey towards self-determination and independence. 
The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations is currently finalising the advice that it will provide to Governmen...

1630. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of times planning applications have been referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, for comment as a prescribed body under planning and development legislation since the introduction of designated area tracking system within the NPWS. (Question 16137/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1630 to 1632, inclusive, together.
The granting of planning permission is a matter in the first instance for the planning authorities and I have no role in this regard. Up to 10th April, 2018, 35,016 planning applications were referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of my Department in my role as a prescribed body under the Planning and Development Acts since the intro...

1631. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of planning application referrals to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, since the introduction of the designated area tracking system, by county. (Question 16138/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1630 to 1632, inclusive, together.
The granting of planning permission is a matter in the first instance for the planning authorities and I have no role in this regard. Up to 10th April, 2018, 35,016 planning applications were referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of my Department in my role as a prescribed body under the Planning and Development Acts since the intro...

1632. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of planning applications referrals that have been have been granted or returned with no comment by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS. (Question 16139/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1630 to 1632, inclusive, together.
The granting of planning permission is a matter in the first instance for the planning authorities and I have no role in this regard. Up to 10th April, 2018, 35,016 planning applications were referred to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of my Department in my role as a prescribed body under the Planning and Development Acts since the intro...

1633. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the mechanism available to protect a priority habitat as defined in the habitats directive in view of the fact that National Parks and Wildlife Service has ceased designating further special areas of conservation, SAC; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16147/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Special Areas of Conservation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Ireland has identified 439 sites for protection as special areas of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and 154 sites for protection  as special protection areas under the Birds Directive. These are known as Natura 2000 sites. Particular attention was paid to the protection of the best examples of priority habitat in the designation of Natura sites.
The designation process is almost complete although the National...

1634. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the grants available to assist an individual to renovate a 100 year old property which was left to them by a family member; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16653/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Schemes)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Financial support is provided by my Department through a number of schemes for the conservation and protection of historic buildings. These schemes are administered by local authorities and include the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Structures at Risk Fund. 
Projects to be funded under these schemes in 2018 were announced recently and details are available on all local authority websites and on my Department’s w...

1635. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will designate Emmett Hall, Inchicore, as a national monument in view of the role played by the building in the period 1913 to 1916. (Question 15118/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1635, 1636 and 1649 together.
The importance of Emmet Hall stems from its role as the home of 1916 leader Michael Mallin who was one of the major figures of the 1916 Rising. His part n the insurrection and in the republican movement at the time is undoubtedly more than worthy of remembrance and commemoration.  The immensely successful 1916 Commemorations that took place nationwide in the c...

1636. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to correspondence sent to a number of Deputies (details supplied); her plans to review same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15119/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1635, 1636 and 1649 together.
The importance of Emmet Hall stems from its role as the home of 1916 leader Michael Mallin who was one of the major figures of the 1916 Rising. His part n the insurrection and in the republican movement at the time is undoubtedly more than worthy of remembrance and commemoration.  The immensely successful 1916 Commemorations that took place nationwide in the c...

1637. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of all State board appointments since the general election in 2016; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15171/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that all appointments to State boards under the aegis of my Department since the General Election in 2016 are as set out in the following table. The Public Appointments Service (PAS) operates a dedicated website, www.stateboards.ie, through which it advertises such vacancies. Since this website was set up in 2014 it has consistently been used by my Department to identify suitably qualified members of the pub...

1638. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of expenditure on consultancy by her Department in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of consultants engaged by her Department in those years; the names of the consultancy companies awarded contracts; and the steps that have been taken to reduce the expenditure on consultancy and the reliance on consultants by her Department in these years and for the future. (Question 15198/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Consultancy Contracts Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Expenditure on consultancy from the administrative budget of my Department was €33,937 in 2015 and €2,514 in 2016 with no such expenditure in 2017.
The consultancies commissioned for the period in question are set out in the following table.
 Commissioned Company Subject of Report 2015 Public Affairs Ireland (PAI) Review of Management Structure and Ireland (PAI) Grading of Senior Management Posts within Úd...

1639. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide a breakdown of spending on Waterways Ireland in the past five years. (Question 15278/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Waterways Ireland Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Waterways Ireland is co-funded by my Department and the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in Northern Ireland. The current expenditure of the body is funded 85% by my Department and 15% by DfI, which reflects the distribution of the navigable waterways in each jurisdiction. Capital expenditure is funded 100% in the jurisdiction in which the capital works are carried out.
The amount of funding allocated to Waterways Irel...

1640. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 389 of 26 September 2017 and further to a request made by the HSE to the islands division to acquire an identified site for a replacement primary health centre on Inishbofin, County Galway, the progress made on the acquisition of the site; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15313/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Primary Care Centres Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): As the Deputy will be aware, in 2017, my Department undertook a public consultation process whereby it sought submissions from interested parties in relation to the future use of both Clifden and Inishbofin airstrips and surrounding sites. A large number of submissions were received and these are currently being reviewed by my Department. As part of this process, my Department is assessing a request...

1641. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the national monuments located in County Kerry in the care of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15329/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): A list of the national monuments in Co Kerry that are in my ownership or guardianship as Minister is available on my Department’s National Monuments Service website at https://www.archaeology.ie/sites/default/files/media/pdf/monuments-in-state-care-kerry.pdf
All of these national monuments are managed and maintained by the Office of Public Works.
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1642. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of pieces of legislation both enacted and published by her Department that originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each piece of legislation in the corresponding year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15344/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that, during the period in question, my Department has not enacted or published legislation, which originated from work carried out by the Law Reform Commission. 
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1643. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to cull deer in an area (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15607/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Deer Culls)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): It should be noted that my Department does not own the deer population. Wild deer in the State are protected under the Wildlife Acts. They roam freely throughout the countryside and are present in many parts of the country. Deer can cover large distances on a daily or seasonal basis in search of food. There is a significant challenge in attempting to balance the demands of agriculture, forestry and conservation with the ...

1644. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if funding will be provided to carry out substantial refurbishment works at a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15653/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Gaelscoil Issues)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): The college to which the Deputy refers in his question has long been recognised as an Irish summer college under the Department’s Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge (Irish Language Learners’ Scheme) and was, therefore, in receipt of the standard subvention provided under the scheme to a number of such residential Irish language summer colleges.
I understand that the possible redevelopment of the buildin...

1645. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there is funding available that a voluntary group can apply for that would assist financially in the restoration of a building (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15736/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Architectural Heritage)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The building mentioned has been recorded by my Department as being of Regional significance on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and recommended for inclusion in the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) by the planning authority. Inclusion on the RPS places a duty of care on the owners and occupiers of protected structures and also gives planning authorities a number of powers to deal with such structures a...

1646. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the dates of meetings held with officials or by officials with other Ministers on the issue of funding for a project (details supplied); and the Ministers that were involved in these meetings. (Question 15775/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department continues to engage, through correspondence and discussion, with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and with the relevant local authority on the complex issues surrounding the project to which the Deputy refers. Officials from my Department accompanied my predecessor to a meeting with the then Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in relation to the project in September 2016. 
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1647. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cén plé atá déanta aici nó ag a Roinn leis an Aire Cumarsáide, Gníomhaithe ar son na hAeráide agus Comhshaoil maidir le seirbhís iomlán raidió Gaeilge a bheith ar fáil d’aos óg na tire mar atá geallta sa Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge. (Question 15796/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tá Raidió Rí-Rá ar an bhfód ón mbliain 2008 agus á mhaoiniú ag mo Roinn ó 2009 ar aghaidh. I mbliana, beidh mo Roinn ag cur maoinithe de €75,000 ar fail don stáisiún. Díríonn an stáisiún seo ar an aos óg agus cuirtear béim ar cheol phríomh srutha seachas ceol ailtéarnach. Tá an stáisiún á chraoladh ar an idirlíon ar feadh 24 uair a chloig in aghaidh an lae ó 1 Márta 2008. Tá sé ar fáil ar an bhfeidh...

1648. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will implement measures to control the seagull population in Howth, County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15875/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Wildlife Control)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department has no statutory function in actually controlling seagull numbers.
The EU Birds Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures in respect of certain wild bird species in certain circumstances – for example, where they are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety. The Declarations to implement these derogat...

1649. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to designate a building (details supplied) as a national monument; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15904/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1635, 1636 and 1649 together.
The importance of Emmet Hall stems from its role as the home of 1916 leader Michael Mallin who was one of the major figures of the 1916 Rising. His part n the insurrection and in the republican movement at the time is undoubtedly more than worthy of remembrance and commemoration.  The immensely successful 1916 Commemorations that took place nationwide in the c...

1650. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the inspection of a bog has been carried out in line with an application for the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16013/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Applications)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): An application for compensation under the cessation of turf cutting compensation scheme has been received by my Department from the individual referred to in the Deputy’s Question. With respect to 36 raised bog natural heritage area sites, the qualifying criteria for the scheme are that:
- The applicant must have had a legal interest (ownership or a turbary right (right to cut turf)) in one of these sites on 25 May 2010 a...

1651. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the orchestral review; if cross-departmental responsibility will be taken for developing a national strategy for orchestras here involving her Department and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment along with RTÉ and the Arts Council; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16033/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Arts Promotion)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Under Section 114(1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009, RTÉ has a statutory requirement to ‘establish and maintain orchestras, choirs and other cultural performing groups’. RTÉ has acknowledged that its orchestras are integral to RTÉ’s arts and cultural programming, and form a key part of RTÉ’s arts and culture strategy. 
The review of orchestral services was commissioned by RTE with the aim of making recommendations regardi...