Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (144, 145, 146, 147, 148)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

144. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to subhead A.6 of his Department's vote, if he will list in tabular form the monies disbursed from it in 2012; if he will provide a statement of their purpose in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12158/13]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

145. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to subhead A.7 of his Department's vote, if he will list in tabular form the monies disbursed from it in 2012; if he will provide a statement of their purpose in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12159/13]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

146. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details if any of the advertisements by his Department of funds available from subheads A.6 and A.7 of his Department's vote in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12160/13]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

147. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the application process if any that is administered by his Department in relation to funds disbursed from subheads A.6 and A.7 of his Department's vote; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12161/13]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

148. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the written criteria applied to evaluating projects funded from funds disbursed from subheads A.6 and A.7 of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12162/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 144 to 148, inclusive, together.

Organisations funded under the A.6 subhead meet a specific cultural need and support the high-level goal of my Department in relation to enhancing access to the arts, culture and film sectors and recognising the social and economic role of these sectors in Ireland. The organisations in question make a very important contribution to the development and promotion of Ireland's cultural tourism offering, to the benefit of both the domestic and foreign tourist, and represent an important component of the delivery of the cultural tourism commitments in the Programme for Government.

Projects funded under the A.7 subhead relate to Cultural Infrastructure and Development and include a capital and current element. Capital investment in cultural infrastructure has greatly improved access to, and participation in, the arts for large numbers of people, including, for example, the Smock Alley project. Current investment includes funding for programmes such as those operated by Music Network and provision towards the Philanthropy Initiative to support private fundraising by arts organisations - with arts in education being the major focus of this scheme in 2013 in support of the Arts in Education Charter, launched recently by myself and my colleague Ruairi Quinn, TD, Minister for Education and Skills. A copy of the 2013 philanthropy scheme is available at www.ahg.gov.ie/en/arts/schemes/.

The application and evaluation process in relation to projects funded under both subheads A.6 and A.7 is determined by the specific objectives of the projects themselves vis-à-vis Government Arts and Culture policy. For example, my Department is committed under the A.6 subhead to providing annual funding to certain cultural institutions that hold collections of moveable cultural heritage of national importance, or collections that are unique in the country. Institutions such as Archbishop Marsh's Library, the James Joyce Centre, the Hunt Museum and Foynes Flying Boat Museum receive an annual allocation of funding accordingly.

Projects funded under the Local and Regional Museums Scheme are required to comply with the detailed terms and conditions of that scheme, which are available on my Department's website, and an assessment and evaluation process is carried out within my Department to determine successful applicants. Projects seeking funding under the Mobility of Collections Scheme, the Co-operation with Northern Ireland Scheme and Regional Culture Night also go through similar processes. These schemes are also available at www.ahg.gov.ie/en/culture/schemes/ .

In addition to the details available on my Department's website, relevant groups and/or associations are advised of the availability of funding each year, e.g., the Irish Museums' Association, the Local Authority Museums' Network, the Local Arts Officers Network, etc, as the case may be.

The Deputy will appreciate that as the audit of 2012 expenditure by my Department has yet to be completed by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, I am not in a position at this time to release audited details of the monies disbursed in 2012 from subheads A.6 and A.7. I can, however, advise that the main funding allocations (including, in certain cases, both capital and current allocations) under these subheads in 2012 included the following:

Groups/Associations

Philanthropy Initiative

€200,000

Music Network

€200,000

Hunt Museum

€495,000

Archbishop Marsh's Library

€345,000

Irish Architectural Archive

€295,000

National Print Museum

€122,500

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

€110,000

James Joyce Centre

€152,000

National Maritime Museum

€9,000

Science Gallery

€375,000

Cork Butter Museum

€30,000

Irish Museums Association

€35,000

Regional Museums Programme

€70,000

Mobility of Collections

€10,000

Culture Night 2012

€200,000

Co-operation with Northern Ireland

€130,000

Irish Manuscripts Commission

€245,000

The Garage Theatre

€1,362,000

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

€1,675,000

Theatre Royal, Waterford

€578,000

Smock Alley Theatre

€357,000

IMMA

€45,000

Cinema Digitisation

€49,000

National Museum

€240,000

The Abbey Theatre

€450,000

National Sculptor Factory

€15,000

Other Voices

€100,000

Limerick City Gallery

€107,000

St. John Square, Limerick

€123,000

RIA Historic Books

€50,000

Gate Theatre

€24,000

Royal Irish Academy

€200,000

National Concert Hall

€110,000