Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (139)

Terence Flanagan


139. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will ensure there are no further cuts to the budget of the Heritage Council in 2013; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the council is seeking an increase in its budget this year of €1 million, to benefit communities across Ireland, following a decrease in the council's budget of 66% from 2008 to 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42693/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The allocation to the Heritage Council in 2014 will be subject to the normal budgetary processes. I am aware of the Heritage Council's request for additional funding. However, the scope to provide additional funding for the protection, conservation and development of the State’s heritage is constrained by the current national economic difficulties and the significant reduction in the public finances.

My Department will continue to provide funding for the protection, conservation and development of our built and natural heritage, in so far as resources allow.