Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (692)

James Browne

Question:

692. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding a location (details supplied) in County Wexford; if funding to secure this unstable site will be allocated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21917/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The structure referred to by the Deputy is a recorded monument that is listed under Section 12 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994. It is one of 58 tower houses recorded by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland in County Wexford and is in private ownership.

My Department’s National Monuments Service is aware of and shares local concerns about the condition of the monument. The Department is in ongoing contact with the local authority to explore any possible solutions and potential sources of funding that might assist in safeguarding it. The Department has met the landowner on site, and with Wexford County Council, and will continue to provide guidance and advice with a view to helping to identify viable solutions. The Department has also made available photographic and drone survey material on the monument as part of that engagement.   

My Department will continue to work with the relevant parties to try to ensure that that the current threat to the stability of the monument can be resolved.