Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (611)

Pearse Doherty


611. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the promotion of Grianán of Aileach will be considered for funding under the platforms for growth initiative of Fáilte Ireland as an immersive heritage cultural attraction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28131/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

My Department’s role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. While my Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland for investment in tourism promotion and development, it is not directly involved in individual tourism projects or programmes and has no role in the administration of the agency's grant programmes.

I understand that Fáilte Ireland already promotes the Grianán of Áileach as a “must-see” destination in the region and that it has further plans to maximise the potential of this ancient site through its strategic partnership with the OPW and also in the context of overall plans for the Inishowen Peninsula.

I have asked Fáilte Ireland to respond directly to the Deputy with further information on its Platforms for Growth initiative and recent call for proposals under the “Immersive Heritage and Cultural Attractions” platform; current and planned promotion of the Grianán of Áileach site; and wider plans to maximise the potential of this site. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A