Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (378)

Gerry Adams

Question:

391 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he has engaged with the National Campaign for the Arts in relation to his plans to merge some cultural institutions together and to absorb them into his Deptartment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35049/12]

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

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government announced a series of rationalisation measures in the Public Service Reform Plan on 17th November 2011. A number of amalgamations, mergers and critical reviews of bodies funded from my Department's Vote Group are currently being progressed, as required under the Reform Plan. Details of these are reflected in the Plan, which can be accessed on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at www.per.gov.ie.

In advancing the Government's agenda in relation to amalgamations, mergers and critical reviews of certain cultural institutions/entities listed in the Public Service Reform Plan, my Department has met and consulted with a range of stakeholders. In that context, both I and my officials have met the National Campaign for the Arts on a number of occasions.