137. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cén fáth, faoi na tairiscintí nua don tseirbhís farantóireachta chuig na hoileáin, ar féidir leis an gcomhlacht farantóireachta aon táillí calafoirt a ghearrfaidh an tÚdarás Áitiúil a ghearradh ar lucht úsáidte na seirbhíse; cén fáth nach bhfuil an Roinn sásta glacadh leis na táillí sin mar chostais inghlactha ón té atá ag déanamh tairiscintí; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 44460/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Seirbhísí Farantóireachta)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Táim ag glacadh leis gur ag tagairt do na táillí atá leagtha síos ag Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe dóibh siúd a thagann i dtír ar bháid farantóireachta ag Cé Chill Rónáin, Árainn, atá an Teachta.
Mar gur táillí iad seo a thiteann ar úsáideoirí na cé seachas ar an gcomhlacht farantóireachta a bhailíonn iad ar son na Comhairle Chontae, ní féidir iad a áireamh d’fhonn fóirdheontas a fháil.
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138. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil i gceist aici líon na scoláireachtaí atá ar fáil do na meánscoileanna ar Oileáin Árann a mhéadú go dtí 20 scoláireacht an scoil don scoilbhliain 2018/2019; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 44461/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Scoileanna Oileáin)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Níl aon iarratas i leith na scéime seo don scoilbhliain 2018/19 faighte ag mo Roinn.
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139. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an bhfuil i gceist aici airgead a chur ar fáil d’oibreacha creimthe cósta ar Inis Meáin an bhliain seo chugainn; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 44462/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Creimeadh Cósta)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Is cúram do Chomhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe déileáil leis an tsaincheist maidir le creimeadh cósta ar an oileán luaite.  Níl aon iarratas faighte ag mo Roinn ón gComhairle Chontae ar chúnamh chun dul i ngleic lena leithéid d’fhadhb. 
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140. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will address the fact that the Arts Council will significantly cut the amount of funding provided to regularly funded organisations in 2017 compared to 2016. (Question 44517/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Arts Council Grants)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Under the Arts Act 2003, primary responsibility for the promotion and support of the arts, including arts participation, throughout the country is devolved to the Arts Council. Under the Arts Act the Arts Council is independent in relation to its funding decisions.
I understand from the Arts Council however, that there has been an overall increase in funding to regularly funded organisations in 2017 over 2016.
In Budget...

240. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans in the lead up to the 95th anniversary of the execution of Liam Mellows by the Free State in Mountjoy Gaol to issue a State apology to the families of the at least 77 persons executed in this period (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43452/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government will continue to mark the significant historical events that took place on the road to the foundation of the State and will be advised and supported in its plans by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations and in consultation with the Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Commemorative Committee, which I am in the process of reconvening.  
I am committed to ensuring that the State...

241. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the expenditure of the Creative Ireland programme to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43369/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Creative Ireland Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): An enabling budget of €5m was allocated to implement the Creative Ireland Programme in 2017. This includes an ambitious plan to deliver ten high level initiatives by the end of 2017. Further details on the content of the Programme are available on http://creative.ireland.ie.
To date, a sum of €3.4m has been spent implementing the Creative Ireland Programme. This includes €1m allocated to the local authorities to supp...

242. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the State’s contribution to cultural services per capita in comparison to the rest of the EU 28; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43371/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Arts Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Funding allocations made available to my Department are published each year in the Revised Estimates Volume with the outturn published in the Annual Appropriation Account. 
The 2017 allocation to Arts, Culture and Film Division of my Department is €158.261m. The 2018 allocation to the Arts, Culture and Film Division is €167.301, an increase of 5.7% on the previous year. 
Most of this is allocated to the agencies under ...

243. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to fund application assistance for Creative Europe applications for large scale projects in view of the underperformance of Irish applications in funding rounds to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43372/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - EU Programmes)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I wish to advise the Deputy that in 2017 there was in fact a positive outcome for Irish applicants from the Co-operation Projects Strand of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme.
In 2017 a total of 36 applications were made involving Irish organisations (2 as coordinators and 34 as partners) with a success rate in 2017 of 24%, well above the EU average of 16% and the UK average of 20%. 
The overall direct grant allo...

244. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps she is taking to increase the access for disabled persons to the arts; the amount of funding she has allocated to these programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43393/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Disability Services Provision)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Under the Arts Act 2003, primary responsibility for the promotion and support of the arts, including arts participation, throughout the country is devolved to the Arts Council. 
The strategic context for the Arts Council’s support of arts participation and all other art forms and areas of arts practice is set out in Making Great Art Work: Arts Council Strategy (2016 –2025).  This strategy describes how the Council will ...

245. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the lack of spaces for younger and non-professional artists to participate in musical, artistic or other creative activities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43394/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Arts and Culture Capital Scheme Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am aware of the issue regarding the provision of affordable studio space, particularly as a result of the changing property market.  My Department has had discussions with the Arts Council, the Office of Public Works and some local authorities to consider possible short-term and longer-term approaches to the issue, both in relation to specific issues in Dublin and to wider national approaches.  
This year I announced ...

246. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there are regular meetings of regional arts offices with each other. (Question 43395/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Arts Plan)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I assume the Deputy is referring to Local Authority Arts Offices which are primarily an operational matter for the local authorities. However, I understand that there are opportunities for Arts Officers to engage with each other, for example, under the auspices of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers.
The Arts Council, which is funded by my Department, provides support to local authorities directly for arts...

247. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there is designated funding made available to Youthreach services for the provision of arts subjects. (Question 43396/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Arts Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Youthreach programme is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Education and Skills and any funding under the Programme would be provided under the Department of Education and Skills.
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248. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the State bodies or boards that fall under the remit of her Department; and the number of members of each State body or board who are not qualified within the field in which the board or body has oversight. (Question 43412/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Departmental Bodies Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The following State bodies or boards fall under my remit: the Arts Council; the Chester Beatty Library; the Crawford Art Gallery; the Heritage Council; the Irish Film Board; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the National Archives Advisory Council; the National Concert Hall; the National Gallery of Ireland; the National Library of Ireland; the National Museum of Ireland; the Irish Manuscripts Commission; Foras na Gaeilge; ...

249. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the National Parks and Wildlife Service has previously taken action to scare gulls off treated water reservoirs for Dublin city; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43532/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 to 251, inclusive, and 265 together.
My Department has previously issued licenses under section 42 of the Wildlife Acts to scare (birds) or remove eggs or nests of various gull species in respect of the locations referred to by the Deputies.  The NPWS does not undertake such work as that is a matter for the relevant applicant or competent authority. The responsibility of my Departme...

250. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the NPWS has previously taken action to scare and-or remove gulls off rooftops at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43533/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 to 251, inclusive, and 265 together.
My Department has previously issued licenses under section 42 of the Wildlife Acts to scare (birds) or remove eggs or nests of various gull species in respect of the locations referred to by the Deputies.  The NPWS does not undertake such work as that is a matter for the relevant applicant or competent authority. The responsibility of my Departme...

251. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the NPWS has previously taken action to scare and-or remove gulls off a location (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43534/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 249 to 251, inclusive, and 265 together.
My Department has previously issued licenses under section 42 of the Wildlife Acts to scare (birds) or remove eggs or nests of various gull species in respect of the locations referred to by the Deputies.  The NPWS does not undertake such work as that is a matter for the relevant applicant or competent authority. The responsibility of my Departme...

252. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study of species (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43535/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 to 255, inclusive, and 262 together.
My Department has issued no such licence.  
The Minister for Health has addressed the matter of the study in response to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 271 and 272 today.
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253. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the person or organisation that applied for the licence for a scientific study of species (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43536/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 to 255, inclusive, and 262 together.
My Department has issued no such licence.  
The Minister for Health has addressed the matter of the study in response to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 271 and 272 today.
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254. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the NPWS received a copy of the report of a study of species (details supplied) from the team that conducted it; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43538/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 to 255, inclusive, and 262 together.
My Department has issued no such licence.  
The Minister for Health has addressed the matter of the study in response to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 271 and 272 today.
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255. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the action in line with her Department’s role and function, the NPWS has taken or plans to take in relation to a study of species (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43540/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 to 255, inclusive, and 262 together.
My Department has issued no such licence.  
The Minister for Health has addressed the matter of the study in response to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 271 and 272 today.
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256. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43541/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department issued no such licence.
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257. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of her Department’s decision to exclude public health from the reasons provided in the derogation schedule 2 for 2017/18 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43543/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 257, 258 and 264 together.
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 derogations are renewed an...

258. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of her Department’s decision to restrict and zone the derogation schedule 2 to apply only in Balbriggan and its districts (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43544/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 257, 258 and 264 together.
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 derogations are renewed an...

259. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her or the NPWS’s attention have been drawn to the scientific study by a person (details supplied) dealing with AMR in wildlife and the policy implications both for public health and for wildlife management functions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43545/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
The studies referred to in the Questions have been brought to the attention of my Department and will  also be brought to the attention of the experts  to be appointed to carry out a review of the derogation referred to.
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260. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her or the NPWS’s attention have been drawn to the scientific study published by the national veterinary authorities of Serbia dealing with AMR specifically in gulls and the serious public health implications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43546/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 to 261, inclusive, together.
The studies referred to in the Questions have been brought to the attention of my Department and will  also be brought to the attention of the experts  to be appointed to carry out a review of the derogation referred to.
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