Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Ceisteanna (229)

Tony Gregory

Ceist:

370 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if the historic vessel, the Asgard, is in safe keeping at its location; the Department with responsibility for it; the plans for its conservation; when it is intended to put the Asgard on public view; the resources being made available for its long-term development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25106/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

The historic vessel, the Asgard, by arrangement with the National Museum of Ireland, is in safe keeping at John’s Road, Inchicore, under the care of the Office of Public Works. The vessel is an archaeological object as defined by the National Monuments Act 1930 as amended by the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994 and, as such, my Department takes responsibility for its preservation.

The Office of Public Works is carrying out a feasibility study for a new permanent exhibition space-location to house the Asgard. Further progress on the conservation of the vessel and putting it on public view will depend on the resources available to my Department in 2005.