245. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her key priorities in the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the review; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2286/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Report of the Mid-Term Review of the Capital Plan: Building on Recovery 2016-2021 was published in September 2017.  Details of the priority projects and programmes for my Department are outlined in the report prepared by my Department as part of the review process which is available on the website of the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform http://www.per.gov.ie/en/submissions-to-the-review-of-the-c...

246. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if bullying or sexual harassment claims have been lodged in her Department in each year since 2011; if so, the number of either complaints on an annual basis, in tabular form; if these complaints have been investigated; the outcome of each investigation; and the policies in place in her Department to combat bullying and sexual harassment. (Question 2312/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Departmental Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that in 2012, there was a bullying complaint investigated and upheld in my Department. Appropriate action was taken and an agreed protocol was put in place between the parties.
Everyone in my Department is entitled to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness in the workplace. My Department is committed to protecting dignity and respect across the organisation. I am assured that the Dignity at Work Pol...

746. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will ensure the protection of turf cutting for domestic use; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53596/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Turf Cutting)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The National Peatlands Strategy 2015 states clearly that the Government has no intention of ending the traditional practice of cutting turf for a person’s own domestic use but is committed to ensuring that the law of the land is upheld in relation to nature protection. This is reaffirmed in the Programme for a Partnership Government (2016) which provides that the Government recognises that domestic turf cutters have a tr...

747. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a new director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art will be appointed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53514/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Irish Museum of Modern Art)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 747 to 749, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy may be aware, the appointment of a new Director is a matter, in the first instance, for the Board of IMMA, subject to my approval after consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Board is currently in discussions with my Department regarding the terms and conditions relating to this post. Once this matter has been ...

748. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the position of director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art will be advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53515/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Irish Museum of Modern Art)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 747 to 749, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy may be aware, the appointment of a new Director is a matter, in the first instance, for the Board of IMMA, subject to my approval after consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Board is currently in discussions with my Department regarding the terms and conditions relating to this post. Once this matter has been ...

749. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason for the delay in advertising the position of director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in view of the fact that the previous director (details supplied) was announced as the director of an institution in June 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53516/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Irish Museum of Modern Art)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 747 to 749, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy may be aware, the appointment of a new Director is a matter, in the first instance, for the Board of IMMA, subject to my approval after consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Board is currently in discussions with my Department regarding the terms and conditions relating to this post. Once this matter has been ...

750. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within her area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53564/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information sought by the Deputy in respect of those Acts for which I have lead responsibility is set out in the following table.
 Title of Act Section(s)/Part(s) yet to be commenced and other relevant information Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 Section 36 provides for licensing of certain hunting activities on the part of commercial shoot operators. The commencement of this section of the Act is kept under ...

751. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of the capital carry over from 2016 of €13 million that has not been spent to date; the subheads under which the underspend has occurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53700/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Public Financial Procedures provide that a maximum of up to 10% of the capital envelope of a Vote may be carried over by way of ‘deferred surrender’ to the following year for spending in that year on priority capital programmes. Provision is made in the Revised Estimates Volume for the capital carryover amount by subhead and in a Ministerial Order to be made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform before 31 Mar...

752. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has sought permission from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to carry over unspent capital to 2018; if so, the amount sought as a carryover; the reason this was necessary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53701/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Details of the financial allocations for my Department for 2018, including any potential carryover of unspent 2017 appropriations to capital supply services, will be made available once Revised Estimates 2018 are published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  
It is anticipated that all current funding will be expended in full and no significant capital savings beyond those which can be carried forward by ...

753. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of capital allocated to her Department in 2017; the amount spent to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53702/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): 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. Further Revised Estimates for my Department can be viewed at the link below:
http://opac.oireachtas.ie/AWData/Library3/PERdoclaid151117_110705.pdf 
Details of provisional expenditure in respect of my Department and all Government Departments are publi...

754. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the capital and current budget allocations for Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53725/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Údarás na Gaeltachta Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information sought by the Deputy is outlined in tabular format below:
      Year      Capital - €m        Current (Admin) -  €m        Current (Programmes) - €m       Total - €m       2017 8.957* 8.958 3.250 21.165 2018 7.000 9.237 3.350 19.587 
 
* An additional capital allocation of €2.270m, arising from savings elsewhere in the Department’s Vote, has been secured for an tÚdarás ...

755. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the timeframe for delivery of funds under budget 2018 to Údarás na Gaeltachta on linguistic, cultural and community development in the Gaeltacht. (Question 53726/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Údarás na Gaeltachta Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The transfer of funds in 2018 from the Department to Údarás na Gaeltachta - in order to enable the discharge the organisation’s work programme - encompassing the domains specified in the Deputy’s question, will be undertaken in accordance with the normal funding and financial arrangements which apply in such cases and as agreed between my Department and Údarás na Gaeltachta.
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756. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the level of engagement between her Department and the agencies under its remit with their counterparts in Northern Ireland in the ongoing Brexit negotiations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53911/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade has responsibility for coordinating the whole-of-Government response to Brexit. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government to address the many challenges arising from the decision taken by the United Kingdom. This cooperation also involves the relevant State Agencies. 
Work at Cabinet level is being prepared through cross-Departm...

757. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the level of funding provided in her Department’s Estimates for 2018 for Creative Ireland; the level of funding that will be allocated to local authorities and agencies under the remit of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53912/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Creative Ireland Programme)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): A budget of €6m has been provided to further the implementation of the Creative Ireland Programme in 2018. This will ensure that the Department can build on the work accomplished in 2017, continue to drive the implementation of the Programme at local level and fund specific actions and priorities which further the wider aims of the Programme. 
More specifically, over €1m of the above budget will be allocated to the imple...

758. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding provided by her Department for 2017; the estimated expenditure under each major subhead by year end; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53913/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Funding allocations made available to my Department are published each year in the Revised Estimates Volume. Further Revised Estimates for my Department can be viewed at the link below:
http://opac.oireachtas.ie/AWData/Library3/PERdoclaid151117_110705.pdf. 
It is anticipated that all current funding will be expended in full and no significant capital savings beyond those which can be carried forward by deferred surrender...

759. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide a breakdown of expenditure by her Department on external public relations in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54122/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 759 and 766 together.
The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the period from the establishment of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on  2nd June 2011, is set out in the table.
Value for money is a critical consideration in assessing whether external firms should be engaged to provide public relations services or any other services. 
 Year 201...

760. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied); the initiatives her Department can take to recognise the history and contribution of this industry in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54132/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Heritage Council)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Any active practitioners of this practice in County Kildare who are carrying on this tradition and wish for it to be recognised as part of our national cultural heritage may wish to consider submitting an Expression of Interest to my Department’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. An open call is currently underway until 31 January 2018, and questions can be directed to nationalich@chg.gov.ie
If it is de...

761. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to remove the cap in the percentage for the art scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54134/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Arts and Culture Capital Scheme Administration)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): A Government Decision in 1997 approved the inclusion in budgets for all Exchequer-funded capital construction projects of up to 1% as funding for an art project, subject to an overall cap of €64,000. 
Under the terms of the Scheme, funds to commission a per cent for art piece are factored into and funded from the overall budget of each capital project by the public body undertaking it. This is a matter for each project pr...

762. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has assessed or had contact with her EU colleagues in relation to the potential relocation of the European Union youth orchestra; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54135/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Functions)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has had no contact on the potential relocation of the European Union youth Orchestra. I understand that the Orchestra has already made an announcement that it is establishing a legal and operational seat in Ferrara and Rome, Italy. 
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763. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the use her Department has made of the Government jet since coming into office, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54192/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 763 and 764 together.
The Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) provides the Government and the President with an independent, flexible and effective air transport service to assist in meeting national and international obligations. Details of use of the MATS by Ministers are published by the Department of Defence at www.defence.ie.  I have made no use of the Service since coming into o...

764. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the use her Department has made of the Government jet in each of the years March 2011 to February 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54208/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 763 and 764 together.
The Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) provides the Government and the President with an independent, flexible and effective air transport service to assist in meeting national and international obligations. Details of use of the MATS by Ministers are published by the Department of Defence at www.defence.ie.  I have made no use of the Service since coming into o...

765. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the photography costs for her Department in each year since March 2011 inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54224/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information requested is set out in the table below and covers the period from 2 June 2011 which was the establishment date for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 
No costs were incurred from use of the Ministerial allowance. 
The hiring of photographers for Ministerial or Departmental events is dependent on a number of factors, including the nature of the engagement, the expected level of media inter...

766. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the use of external public relations firms employed by her Department in each year since March 2011; the list of uses of the external public relations firm; the internal Department policy with regard to employing external groups; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54240/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Relations Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 759 and 766 together.
The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the period from the establishment of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on  2nd June 2011, is set out in the table.
Value for money is a critical consideration in assessing whether external firms should be engaged to provide public relations services or any other services. 
 Year 201...

767. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the external consultant reports commissioned by her Department since March 2011; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report; and the publication date, in tabular form. (Question 54256/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the period from the establishment of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on  2nd June 2011, is set out in the table.
I would also point out that my Department also commissions engineering or environmental experts from time to time to provide technical reports on specific issues, as required. While the providers of these services are consultant engineers,...

768. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the level of expenditure by her Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on advertising of Government information campaigns published specifically in national and regional newspapers in addition to all online advertising for all such Government information campaigns; the name for each such information campaign to which this expenditure related; the cost of each, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54272/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised by my Department that no expenditure was incurred on advertising in 2017 relating to government information campaigns. 
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