Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (148)

Pearse Doherty


148. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a committee (details supplied) will receive the balance of funding sought in view of the fact that additional information was supplied and approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45390/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

My Department sanctioned a grant of €30,000 in 2011 to the committee in respect of which details have been supplied by the Deputy. This grant was for improvement works on the roof of the facility in question. A total of €14,651.26 of this funding was paid out in 2012 as a first instalment. However, I am advised that the remaining works that were grant aided have not yet been completed. The complete refurbishment of the building will require major investment as the building in its present condition cannot be used for its intended purpose. I understand that the committee is now seeking other sources of funding to complete the restoration work. My Department will be willing to further examine the application to have the balance of the grant in question paid when the completion of the relevant works has been satisfactorily advanced.