Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (1305)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

1305. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans for Mariner's Hall on the West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13; if her attention has been drawn to local interest in establishing a maritime museum and experience to record the history of Howth and the seafaring maritime culture and traditions of the area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5208/20]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I understand that the Mariner's Hall is a vacant commercial building on the west pier in Howth, which like other buildings on the west pier is owned by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. I understand , the building has been recently restored by that Department and will be made available for rental in line with the Government procedures for the disposal of State Property. No organisation has formally applied to my Department for funding to assist with the development of a maritime museum.

My Department annually supports a number of ventures in the area of transport heritage, including the National Transport Museum, also in Howth, and Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum and the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. My Department has also supported transport heritage projects through it's Regional Museums Exhibition Programme and transport heritage festivals through the Small Local Festivals and Summer Schools Scheme. While both Schemes are closed for application for 2020, details may be found on my Department's website at https://www.chg.gov.ie/arts/culturegrants-and-funding/

This link also contains details of funding provided to transport and maritime projects in previous years.

These schemes are in addition to the Capital Support Schemes and funding for Arts and Culture organisations, details of which may be found on my Department' website at

https://www.chg.gov.ie/arts/creative-arts/projects-and-programmes/capital-support-schemes-and-funding-for-arts-and-culture-organisations/