Arts Funding

Questions (791)

Malcolm Byrne

Question:

791. Deputy Malcolm Byrne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will consider the development of a scheme to support amateur drama and musicals which represent an important part in community arts infrastructure; the supports available for such groups; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53154/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I announced in the context of Budget 2020 that funding of €250,000 would be provided for the amateur theatre sector across Ireland next year.  Details of the scheme will be announced shortly.

National Concert Hall

Questions (792)

Willie Penrose

Question:

792. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has met formally with the CEO of the National Concert Hall in the past two months; if so, the issues discussed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53337/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

As a general rule, my officials and I maintain active engagement on a range of issues with the Chairs and Directors (where appropriate) of the National Cultural Institutions under my aegis. 

I have not met formally with the CEO of the National Concert Hall in the last two months.  My officials continue to engage on an ongoing basis with the CEO and officials of the National Concert Hall on a range of issues.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Staff

Questions (793)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

793. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 225 of 23 October 2019, if she will request Kerry County Council to take steps to ensure compliance with or enforcement of the birds and habitats directives and the 2011 regulations in an special area of conservation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53354/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The National Parks and Wildlife Service staff of my Department have been engaging with this issue over the last year and a half. Kerry County Council have stated that it is not their policy to provide the facilities to which the Deputy refers on public roads. The control of livestock is the responsibility of the landowner. Other options of controlling livestock movement include fencing and herding.