Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1128)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1128. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a tender process will take place regarding an art project for a new road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13904/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.

The commissioning of artistic features on national road projects under the Per Cent for Art scheme is a matter for the local authority concerned, in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). The overall responsibility for the Per Cent for Art scheme rests with the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. Funding for artistic features is taken from the overall budget for the national road scheme – it is not the case that additional funding is provided for a feature.

Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.