Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (225)

Niall Collins

Question:

225. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide in a tabular form the total list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit that have been abolished since March 2011 or are scheduled to be abolished and the date on which they are due to be abolished; the date on which the body was created; the name of the body; the 2012 budget for the body; the number of employees of the body in 2012; the names of any outside consultants hired by the organisation since March 2011 and what future plans he has for the body. [49306/12]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The following table sets out the bodies and agencies funded from my Department's Vote Group, the year in they were established, and the number of employees in each body as of end-September 2012. I can advise the Deputy that no organisations or agencies of this nature have been abolished since March 2011 and none are scheduled to be abolished at this time. However, as the Deputy will be aware, the Government announced a series of rationalisation measures in the Public Service Reform Plan, which was published on 17th November 2011. A number of those measures related to certain of the bodies funded from my Department's Vote Group and these are currently being progressed.

Details of the expenditure allocations made available to the bodies in question are published each year in the annual Revised Estimates Volume (REV) and the Appropriation Account. The REV also includes Agency Statements, which provide details in relation to expenditure on administration and pay in the previous year. These publications are available on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at www.per.gov.ie and on the website of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General at www.audgen.gov.ie. For ease of reference, Departmental allocations at subhead level are available at the following link http://per.gov.ie/estpubexp2012.

The Deputy will appreciate that the engagement of consultants is part of the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the bodies in question. I am arranging, therefore, for the terms of the Deputy's Question to be transmitted to the heads of relevant bodies with a request that they provide this information, to the extent feasible, directly to the Deputy.

Body/Agency

Year established

Employees

Waterways Ireland*

1999

326

An Foras Teanga, comprising Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency*

1999

Foras na Gaeilge 63

Ulster-Scots Agency 15

Údarás na Gaeltachta

1980

84

An Coimisinéir Teanga

2004

5

Heritage Council

1995

15

Crawford Art Gallery

2006

13

Chester Beatty Library

1969

30

National Library of Ireland

1877

87

National Gallery of Ireland

1854

104

National Concert Hall

1981

58

National Museum of Ireland

2005

154

Irish Museum of Modern Art

1991

84

Arts Council

1951

45

Irish Film Board**

1980

13

* North-South Implementation Bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement.

**Established originally in 1980 but closed in 1987. Reconstituted in 1993.