Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (152, 153, 154)

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

152. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the process and criteria that must be met to have a monument or building designated a national monument and added to the list of these protected structures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15449/14]

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Kevin Humphreys

Question:

153. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the 1917 synagogue in period houses on Walworth Road, Dublin 8 is eligible for inclusion as a national monument; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15450/14]

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Kevin Humphreys

Question:

154. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the statutory powers he has to ensure the protection of a national monument; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15451/14]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 to 154, inclusive, together.

Under section 2 of the National Monuments Act 1930 a “national monument” is defined as a monument, the preservation of which is a matter of national importance by reason of its historical, architectural, traditional, artistic or archaeological interest. A national monument becomes subject to the protections of section 14 of the 1930 Act, whereby the Minister's consent is required to any proposed works or interference with the monument, if any of the following provisions pertain: it is owned by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht or a local authority; it is under the guardianship of the Minister or a local authority under sections 5, 6 or 9 of the 1930 Act; or it is subject to a Preservation Order under section 8 of the 1930 Act or a temporary Preservation Order under section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1954.

None of the foregoing provisions apply in the case referred to by the Deputy and my Department has not received any request to consider whether the building comes within the definition of a national monument as set out above.