Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (138)

Tom Fleming

Question:

138. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will examine the retention of the Torc waterfall and Muckross House and gardens sign, erected by licensed jarveys at the Muckross Abbey gates jarvey stand, as it is a good quality design, is a standard size and is unobtrusive in an appropriate location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42639/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The sign referred to had been placed on Killarney National Park lands without appropriate consultation or permission. The management of the Park received a number of complaints from visitors who had, as a result of this sign, parked at the Muckross Abbey Gate entrance in the mistaken belief that it was the only entrance to Muckross House and Torc Waterfall. In the circumstances the Park management’s request for the removal of the sign was reasonable.

With regard to proposals concerning such signage, I understand that the functions of Kerry County Council, as the road authority involved, include responsibility for the specification, construction and maintenance of road signs and markings and also, that any planning issues concerning such signage would similarly be a matter for Kerry County Council.