Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (151)

Ann Phelan

Question:

151. Deputy Ann Phelan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the extension of the Living City initiative announced by him in budget 2014 (details supplied) will have an effect on the three existing pre-1915 houses in Vicar Street, Kilkenny, in view of the proposed central access scheme for the city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45424/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I refer to my reply to Question No. 76 of 22 October 2013. I welcome the announcement by my colleague, the Minister for Finance, that the Living City Initiative will be extended to include designated areas of four other cities, including Kilkenny, and to all buildings in the relevant areas built prior to 1915. The initiative will provide tax incentives for works performed to refurbish residential and retail buildings in the designated areas, either to bring them up to a habitable standard or to make improvements to buildings which are currently inhabited. I understand that the areas within Kilkenny city to which the initiative will apply have yet to be defined and that legislation for the Living City Initiative will be provided, subject to commencement order which will be dependent on EU State Aid approval. There is no direct relationship between the Living City Initiative and the current archaeological issues being examined with regard to the Kilkenny Central Access Scheme project.