Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (365)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

365. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will explain the miswording on the advertisement in relation to submissions for the environmental impact statement on Moore Street, Dublin, the lack of clarity on the proposed demolition; if the veracity of the study is now compromised; if he will ensure that the next advertisement is advertised nationally with the EIS available online; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12804/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

My Department has informed the applicant for consent under the National Monuments Acts for works on the site of the Moore Street national monument that the newspaper notice published on 18 January 2013 in relation to the submission of the related environmental impact statement was not compliant with the requirements of section 14D of the National Monuments Act 1930 in that it did not state “the nature and extent of the proposed demolition”. The applicant has, accordingly, been required to publish a further public notice, the timing of which is a matter for the applicant. In practical terms, the requirement for a new public notice will recommence the five week period for submissions or observations to my Department in relation to the environmental impact statement already submitted.

Under section 14D of the National Monuments Act 1930: a person submitting an environmental statement is required to publish “notice of his, her or its intention to do so in at least one newspaper circulating in the district in which the relevant national monument is situated”; the environmental impact statement is required to be “available for inspection free of charge or purchase, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, during office hours at the offices of the Minister or such other convenient place as the Minister may specify”.

The production of an electronic version of the environmental impact statement and any question of making it available on the internet or advertising it more widely would be matters for the consent applicant.