Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (235, 236)

Sandra McLellan

Ceist:

240 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in view of his recent visit to Moore Street, Dublin, the initiatives he intends to put in place to ensure greater tourism opportunities. [23393/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

As the Deputy is aware, I recently had the opportunity to tour the major sites connected with the 1916 Rising in O'Connell St., Moore St. and Parnell St. I did this as a guest of some of the descendants of participants in the Rising. The 1916 Rising was an important event in our history and is of great interest both domestically and internationally. In this context, I have asked Fáilte Ireland to carry out an assessment of the potential interest from domestic and international visitors in the 1916 Rising and the possibility of developing a walking trail focused around the sites connected with the week of the Rising. I expect the assessment will be completed in the coming months.

Sandra McLellan

Ceist:

241 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cycling initiatives he intends to put in place to ensure greater tourism here; and the funding that will be made available for same. [23394/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The matter raised — insofar as it relates to promoting tourism here — is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Question No. 242 answered with Question No. 236.