Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (145)

Robert Troy

Question:

148 Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding provided to the Heritage Council in each year from 2008 to 2012 inclusive; the amount provided in terms of research grants in each of those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32526/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

Allocations to the Heritage Council in the years 2008 to 2011 are set out in the Revised Estimates Vote (REV) for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for each of those years. Those allocations to the Council were €13.403m in 2008; €10.142m in 2009; €8.482m in 2010 and €5.992m in 2011. In 2011 the Exchequer allocation was supplemented by €1.5m from the Environment Fund.

My Department is providing a total of €4,811,000 of Exchequer Funding for the Heritage Council in 2012, together with €1,500,000 from my Department's share of the Environment Fund. The management of resources made available to the Council by my Department is a matter for the Council. However, it is my understanding that the Heritage Council has a research theme under its grants programme, which provides grant-aid assistance for data collection and research relating to Ireland's heritage. Details of the Heritage Council's expenditure in this regard are contained in the Council's annual reports, which are available on the Heritage Council website www.heritagecouncil.ie.