Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (2012)

Michael Healy-Rae


2012. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will address a matter regarding a footpath at a location (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34746/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The location referred to by the Deputy consists of stately home and its curtilage which are protected under the Kerry County Council Development Plan (Ref 74-2) and any alteration to the structure of the house or any material change affecting the curtilage would require planning permission. The current small gravel courtyard to which the Deputy refers is in keeping with the design and historical accuracy of the building.

Visitor access to the House is not provided at the location in question and universal access is provided for visitors through the main visitor access point. The tour of the house is accessible to both wheelchair users as well as those with pushchairs etc. For those wishing to see the views that the Deputy mentions, from the front of the house, outside, a metaled path allows both wheelchair and buggy access to the area directly in front of the drawing room that affords all visitors, including those referenced, equal opportunity to enjoy the vista.