Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (148, 149, 150)

Sandra McLellan

Question:

151 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to extend community based projects supported under the Heritage Council’s grant scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32668/12]

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Sandra McLellan

Question:

152 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to increase funding to the Heritage Council for National Heritage Week 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32669/12]

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Sandra McLellan

Question:

155 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to restore funding for research grants to the Heritage Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32672/12]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 151, 152 and 155 together.

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 Deputy will appreciate that, as a statutorily independent body, the management of resources made available to the Heritage Council by my Department is a matter for the Council itself.