Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (252)

Dara Calleary

Question:

252. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of participants in the Office of Public Works heritage card scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the budget allocation in each year; and the number of designated heritage sites in which the card can be used in tabular form. [31444/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The number of Heritage Cards issued by OPW Heritage Services since 2016 were as follows:

2016

2017

2018

2019 (up to 2/6/2019)

18,390

14,483*

14,268*

4,304

* The lower sales of Heritage Cards in 2017 and 2018 reflect the provision in those years of complimentary admission to specific groups such as Children Under 12 and Persons with disabilities and their Carers.

The OPW's total Visitor Services budget allocation for the relevant years was as follows:

2016

2017

2018

2019

€8,215,000

€9,067,000

€9,308,000

€10,630,000

This allocation covers all areas of Visitor related expenditure including Guide pay and other non-pay items relevant to the presentation and promotion of the heritage sites managed by the OPW. The costs generally associated with administering the Heritage Card scheme are those relating to printing of the cards and are paid from the Visitor Services allocation. The printing and card fabrication costs were:

2016

2017

2018

2019 (up to 2/6/2019)

€25,765.20

€4,274.25

0*

0*

*No costs were incurred in 2018 or to date in 2019 due to stocks in hand.

The OPW Heritage Card is accepted at the following fee-charging sites:

OPW Sites

Non-OPW Sites

Adare Castle

Glenveagh Castle

Ardfert Cathedral

Muckross House

Athenry Castle

Aughnanure Castle

Battle of the Boyne/Oldbridge Estate

Blasket Centre

Boyle Abbey

Brú na Bóinne/Newgrange/Knowth

Cahir Castle

Carrowmore

Casino Marino

Castletown House

Céide Fields

Charles Fort

Clonmacnoise

Derrynane House

Doneraile House

Donegal Castle

Dublin Castle

Dún Aonghasa

Dunmore Cave

Emo Court House and Parklands

Ennis Friary

Farmleigh Estate

Garinish Island & Bryce House

Glebe House and Gallery

Glendalough Visitor Centre

Hill of Tara Visitor Centre

J F Kennedy Arboretum

Jerpoint Abbey

Kilkenny Castle

Kilmainham Gaol

Mellifont Abbey

Parke's Castle

Pearse's Cottage

Portumna Castle

Rathfarnham Castle

Reginald's Tower

Rock of Cashel

Roscrea Heritage

Ross Castle

Sligo Abbey

Swiss Cottage

Tintern Abbey

Trim Castle