Written Answers. - Architectural Heritage.

Liam Aylward

Question:

142 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands if an inspection has been undertaken for necessary conservation works to be carried out to a monument and church (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and, if so, when these works will be carried out. [25763/99]

An inspection of the monument and church referred to was carried out recently which showed them to be generally in good condition. However, it is intended to carry out a more detailed inspection with the assistance of a crane early in the new year. Following this inspection any necessary conservation works will be undertaken.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

143 Ms O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands the proposals, if any, her Department has for the preservation of the medieval fireplace which was discovered at the junction of Nicholas Street and Peter Street in Limerick; if she will take the necessary decision to have it removed to a safe place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25764/99]

The medieval fireplace, to which the Deputy refers, is protected under the provisions of the National Monuments Acts 1930-94. It is situated to the rear of Number 37 Nicholas Street, Limerick, which was registered as an historic monument on 6 July 1994. Any person wishing to carry out any works in relation to a registered historic monument must give me two months notice in writing.

I understand that Limerick Corporation owns and intends to develop the site. Officials of Dúchas, the heritage service of my Department, met Limerick Corporation officials some time ago to discuss the development and the protection of the archaeology of the site, which includes other features of archaeological interest apart from the fireplace. A preliminary report has been received but further analysis of the site will be required before Dúchas can offer detailed recommendations for the preservation of the archaeological features, including the medieval fireplace. In the meantime Dúchas is maintaining contact with Limerick Corporation in this matter.