Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (68)

John McGuinness


154 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance the demand which exists within the tourism market to have Kilkenny Castle open in the month of December 2004; and if the general maintenance of the castle can be programmed in such a way that it does not prevent the castle from opening. [6206/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

Essential maintenance, including painting, decorating and heating, has traditionally been carried out during the month of December at Kilkenny Castle when demand for visitor access is at its lowest, at about 2,000 visitors. In the past the castle was closed on Mondays in December to allow for these works but more recently the maintenance works programme has been compressed into the period contiguous to Christmas.

However, the Office of Public Works is reviewing the opening arrangements with a view to ensuring that visitors are facilitated to the greatest extent possible, consistent with good health and safety practice.