Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (143)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

143. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will itemise in tabular form the monies disbursed, together with a statement of their purpose, from the Crowley Bequest Fund in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12157/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The Crowley Project provides funding for archival work and the digitisation of the Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers 1818-1922. As the Deputy is aware, it is one of the most important collection of records relating to 19th century Ireland held anywhere in the world. In 2012, €46,812 was disbursed from the Crowley Bequest fund to pay the salaries of the archivists working on the records. My Department provided matching funding of €23,406, which was refunded to the Bequest. I understand that the Crowley Project website received 613,233 hits and 13,208 unique visitors in 2012, and that users of the website have praised its value for scholarship of the early 19th century and for genealogical research.