Archaeological Sites

Questions (1432, 1433)

John Lahart

Question:

1432. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the precedents for finds (details supplied); the nature of the find in historical and archaeological terms in respect of significance and importance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12816/19]

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Seán Crowe

Question:

1433. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to recent Bronze Age discoveries in an archaeological dig (details supplied); if she has been briefed on the find or given an archaeological report; the status of the find; and her plans for preservation. [13235/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1432 and 1433 together.

The archaeological excavations are being carried out on this site under a licence granted by my Department under the National Monuments Acts and in accordance with the Method Statement approved by the Department as part of the licensing process. The Department’s National Monuments Service will receive a full report of the excavation findings in due course.

Interdepartmental Working Groups

Questions (1434)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1434. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the working groups currently established in her Department; the focus of their work; the membership composition of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13562/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

As the Deputy will appreciate, my Department is responsible for a broad range of activities across the breadth of its remit. Within this context the Department both organises and participates in a number of consultative fora to draw together and leverage the expertise of partners and stakeholders. Among the groups established by the Department are Advisory Committees such as the Expert Advisory Group on the Decade of Centenaries, National Famine Commemoration Committee and Moore Street Advisory Group as well as a range of Working Groups details of which are set out in the table below. This table does not include details of routine internal committees or groups established within the Department to support the delivery of its goals. However, if the Deputy has specific queries relating to a particular programme or group, I will arrange to provide him with relevant information.

Culture

Working Group

Focus of the Group

Membership Composition

Audiovisual Steering Group

Prioritise measures, oversee implementation and monitor risks in relation to the Audiovisual Sector.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht;

Department of Finance;

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Department of Education and Skills, Revenue Commissioners, Screen Ireland, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, IDA, and Enterprise Ireland

Governance Committee: National Library of Ireland Redevelopment Project

Building Redevelopment Project.

National Library of Ireland

Office Of Public Works

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Steering Group: Archival Repository project

National Archives Redevelopment Project.

National Archives

Office Of Public Works

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Oversight Group and Working Group to oversee transfer of the NSO from RTÉ to the remit of the NCH.

Identifying and addressing the relevant issues to be addressed to enable the successful transfer of the NSO from the remit of RTÉ to the remit of the NCH.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

RTE

National Concert Hall

Creative Ireland

Pillar 1 Working Group

The implementation of Creative Youth – a plan to enable the creativity of every child and young person.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Creative Ireland Programme Office)

Department of Education and Skills

Arts Council

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Heritage

Working Group

Focus of the Group

Membership Composition

Tara Conservation Management Plan Working Group

Completion of a Conservation Management Plan for the State-owned lands at Tara, Co. Meath

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Office of Public Works

Meath County Council

Sceilg Mhíchil Implementation Group

Oversight of the implementation of the Sceilg Mhíchil Management Plan

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Office of Public Works

European Year of Cultural Heritage Steering Group

To direct the national programme for the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Office of Public Works

Heritage Council

Brú na Bóinne Steering Committee

Oversight of the implementation of the Brú na Bóinne Management Plan

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Louth County Council

Meath County Council

Office of Public Works

Heritage Council

Fáilte Ireland

Local representatives

Biodiversity Working Group

Implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan (cross-departmental group)

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Biodiversity Forum

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Marine Institute

Irish Water

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Office of Public Works

Attorney General

Department of Health

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Teagasc

National Biodiversity Data Centre

Department of Rural and Community Development

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Review of the use of peat in the Horticultural Industry

To review the use of peat in the Horticultural Industry

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Environmental Protection Agency

Joint Working Group between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Bord na Móna

To facilitate the relocation of turf cutters from raised bog protected sites to non-designated bogs, to explore options for the potential for domestic turf cutting in a number of raised bog protected sites in accordance with article 6 of the EU Habitats Directive, and to facilitate the restoration of raised bog protected sites.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Bord na Móna

Peatlands Strategy Implementation Group

To monitor the implementation of the National Peatlands Strategy and to present on an annual basis a report on the progress made in its implementation.

Departments of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Communications, Climate Action and

Environment

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Office of Public Works

Bord na Móna

Coillte

Environmental Protection Agency

EU LIFE Project ‘Restoring Active Raised Bog in Irelands Special Area of Conservation Network 2016-2021’ (LIFE NAT/IE/000032) Project Steering Group

To direct, inform, support and advise the Project Team on the delivery of the project actions.

Bord Na Móna

Irish Farmers Association

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Irish Peatlands Conservation Council

Consultant ecologists

An environmental scientist

Community Wetlands Forum

A community group

Turf cutting interests

Co-ordination Group on State Owned Outdoor Recreational and Wellness assets -

Co-ordinates and aligns investment strategies and works on project clusters.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport,

Department of Rural and Community Development

Office of Public Works,

Coillte,

Bord an Mona,

Waterways Ireland,

Inland Fisheries Ireland,

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Local Authorities,

Fáilte Ireland,

Sport Ireland

Gaeltacht

Working Group

Focus of the Group

Membership Composition

Advisory Committee in respect of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030

To support the implementation of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Foras na Gaeilge

An Chomhairle um Oideachais Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)

Gaeloideachas

Conradh na Gaeilge

Gael Linn

Oireachtas na Gaeilge

Glór na nGael

Coláiste na bhFiann/Cumann na bhFiann

Comhlachas na gComharchumann Gaeltachta

Muintearas Teo.

Oidhreachta Chorca Dhuibhne

CONCOS

Óige na Gaeltachta/Muintearas

Ealaín na Gaeltachta

Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta

Oversight Group regarding Action Plan 2018-2022 for the Irish language Irish Language.

Oversee progress regarding implementation of the 5 Year Action Plan for delivery of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Foras na Gaeilge

Integrated Arts Strategy for Gaeltacht and Irish language Arts

To develop an Integrated Arts Strategy for Gaeltacht and Irish language Arts in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, including Údarás na Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeilge, the Arts Council and TG4, which will focus on:

ensuring better coordination and cooperation in the development of the Gaeltacht and Irish language arts;

further strengthening the relationship between stakeholders;

raising the profile of Gaeltacht and Irish language arts and promoting them nationally and internationally;

identifying opportunities for providing further support to Gaeltacht and Irish language arts and for their further development.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Údarás na Gaeltachta

The Arts Council

Ealaín na Gaeltachta

Foras na Gaeilge

Oireachtas na Gaeilge

TG4

An tIonad Náisiúnta Barr Feabhais i gcomhair Gairmeacha le Gaeilge san Aontas Eorpach /

Centre for Excellence for Irish Language EU careers

The Centre of Excellence for Irish Language EU Careers is comprised of delegates from the institutions funded under the Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative. The objective of the Advanced Irish Language Skills Initiative is to ensure the availability of qualified persons with Irish language skills to meet recruitment needs in the EU.

Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Átha Cliath

Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath

Óstaí an Rí

Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta

Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh

Ionadaí, Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn

Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr

Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh

An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

Departmental Data

Questions (1435)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1435. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of complaints submitted to her Department in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of appeals made with respect to the outcome of such complaints; the number referred to the Office of the Ombudsman; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13777/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

As I advised the House in response to Parliamentary Question number 1235 of 15th January, my Department received two complaints in relation to the Department's operations during 2017 and that a further three such complaints were received during 2018. Two of these complaints were subsequently referred to the Office of the Ombudsman. I am advised that in each case, the matters raised have been addressed and brought to a conclusion.

I am further advised that no complaints in relation to the Department's operations have been received to date in 2019.

My Department remains committed to advancing the principles of Quality Customer Service and achieving ongoing improvement in the delivery of its services.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (1436)

Seán Fleming

Question:

1436. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the estimated full-year cost if the funding for each national cultural institution is increased by 12%; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14151/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The information sought by the Deputy is set in the table below:

National Cultural Institution

2019 Allocation

12% Increase

National Gallery

10,547,000

1,265,640

National Library

7,825,000

939,000

National Museum

14,109,000

1,693,080

IMMA

5,958,000

714,960

National Concert Hall

3,048,000

365,760

Crawford Art Gallery

1,489,000

178,680

Chester Beatty Museum

2,801,000

336,120

National Archives

1,666,000

199,920

Total

47,443,000

5,693,160

The estimated full year cost of a 12 % increase in the 2019 allocations to National Cultural Institutions is EUR5.69 million. This would mean an increase in the total allocations to National Cultural Institutions from EUR 47.44 million in 2019 to EUR53.14 million.

This Government is committed to increasing funding for the cultural sector which is of intrinsic value to this country. The overall allocation to the bodies in question has increased by over 20% since 2015.