Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Questions (371)

Ciaran Cannon

Question:

371. Deputy Ciarán Cannon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the return of the Turoe stone to Turoe, County Galway; and the timeframe for same. [3835/17]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Work to conserve the Turoe Stone has been successfully completed and the artefact is in safe storage at the Office of Public Works premises at Portumna pending its return to the site at Loughrea where it will be housed in a specially designed environmental shelter. It has been decided to locate the shelter within the existing carpark area at the site and to provide suitable landscaping to surround it.

The general siting and landscaping has been determined and OPW is advancing the design of the customised shelter. A firm, which has provided appropriate and similar expertise at the recently completed Cormac’s Chapel project at the Rock of Cashel, has been procured to provide specialised consultancy services and an Architectural practice to lead the project is being appointed. The project will require Planning Permission.