Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (271)

Bernard Durkan


271. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the extent to which restoration and repairs have been initiated or are ongoing in respect of damaged historical buildings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38014/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

My role with regard to the protection and management of our built heritage is set out in the provisions of relevant legislation, as are the roles of local authorities and the responsibilities of owners.

In this instance I understand that the Deputy is asking about supports provided by my Department for properties in private ownership. My Department provides financial support for the protection of heritage buildings and historic structures through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF), administered by local authorities. Full details of the schemes, including projects being funded this year are available on my Department’s website and on the websites of individual local authorities.

On 28 March this year I announced funding of €4.3 million to 478 projects under these schemes and work on these projects is ongoing.

Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2019 Kildare County Council was allocated €79,000 to support 13 projects as per the attached table.  Under the Historic Structures Fund 2019 Kildare County Council was allocated €25,000 to support a project at Newbridge College.

In the context of a particular building or historic structure, the best advice is generally to contact the Heritage Officer or Architectural Conservation Officer in the local authority who is well placed to advise on the various types of funding available to assist with its renovation or conservation.

Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2019 Kildare County Council was allocated €79,000 to support 13 projects as follows:

BHIS, Kildare 2019




Church of Ireland Kilberry


St. Michaels Church, Athy


Johnstown Graveyard & Church, Johnstown


Sean Chill, Donaghcumper, Celbridge


Church of the Holy Saviour Narraghmore


Ard Na Greine, Canal View, Sallins


7 Canning Place, Newbridge


Leixlip Boathouse, Leixlip


Pebble Hill House, Maynooth


Riverstown House, Kildangan


Grattan Vault, Tea Lane Graveyard, Celbridge


Mill Cottage, Millicent South, Sallins


Thatch cottage Tomastown