Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (607)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl


607. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications made under the Per Cent for Art Scheme from each local authority or the National Roads Authority in each of the past five years, together with the details of the schemes approved or refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11577/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The commissioning of artistic features on road projects under the Per Cent for Art scheme is a matter for the local authority concerned. The National Roads Authority does not commission such works. The overall responsibility for the Per Cent for Art scheme rests with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

In relation to regional and local roads, there were two applications for funding under the Per Cent for Art Scheme which are outlined as follows.

- Kildare County Council – Naas Southern Ring Road

- Kilkenny County Council – Graiguenmanagh Relief Road

Both of these applications were refused as these projects were EU funded and the European Commission indicated in July, 1997 that the Percent for Art Scheme should not apply to EU Co-Financed projects.