Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (159)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

159. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the overall annual expenditure by the Office of Public Works on guides for OPW sites; if he will provide a breakdown per site of this expenditure; the number of guides that are employed per site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49163/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Office of Public Works is responsible for the management, conservation and presentation of approximately 780 heritage sites. Of this number, 70 are presented to the public with a guide service. A number of sites such as Kilmainham Gaol, the Rock of Cashel and Kilkenny Castle are open to visitors all year round, while others such as Dunmore Cave and Jerpoint Abbey have reduced winter hours. Many sites are open only for the summer season. A core staff of 94 permanent guides is augmented by approximately 200 guides who return as required for the high season. Temporary seasonal guides are recruited each year to complete the number of staff required to run the visitor service element of OPW Heritage Services. In 2011, pay amounted to €9,596,918 for a total of 432 guides.

Site

Pay Expenditure 2011

No of guides

Ardfert Cathedral

€69,927.62

2

Athenry Castle

€55,996.12

4

Aughnanure Castle

€69,932.77

5

Ballyhack Castle

€17,756.66

2

Barryscourt Castle

€42,950.59

4

Battle of the Boyne

€318,429.15

10

Botanic Gardens *

€426,090.52

6

Boyle Abbey

€43,542.07

3

Brú na Bóinne

€494,484.04

17

Cahir Castle

€245,833.94

10

Carrowmore Megalithic Centre

€91,899.74

4

Casino Marino

€68,174.27

7

Castletown

€134,294.54

10

Céide Fields

€151,897.59

6

Charles Fort

€210,663.97

10

Clonmacnoise

€311,834.69

15

Corlea Bog

€72,302.66

3

Derrynane House

€54,218.80

5

Desmond Castle

€48,658.66

2

Desmond Hall

€25,337.23

3

Donegal Castle

€127,327.76

6

Dún Aonghusa

€215,961.48

11

Dungarvan Castle

€30,502.54

3

Dunmore Cave

€199,940.03

9

Emo Court *

€63,304.31

5

Ennis Friary

€37,488.84

5

Farmleigh

€54,776.58

4

Ferns Castle

€49,065.69

5

Gallarus

€15,108.83

3

Glebe House & Gallery *

€201,892.67

8

Glendalough Centre

€307,289.12

9

Hill of Tara

€43,402.07

3

Ilnacullin-Garnish

€31,638.77

3

Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir*

€84,595.92

7

Jerpoint Abbey

€142,236.96

7

JFK Arboretum*

€54,435.20

3

Kilkenny Castle

€676,769.49

25

Kilmacurragh

€57,003.40

3

Kilmainham Gaol

€571,558.28

24

Knowth Passage Grave

€135,867.16

See Brú na Bóinne

Listowel Castle

€26,957.61

3

Loughcrew

€35,372.77

2

Main Guard

€62,327.28

4

Maynooth Castle

€35,714.90

3

Newgrange

€273,699.52

See Brú na Bóinne

New Mills Corn & Flax Mills

€31,224.04

3

Old Mellifont

€60,370.34

3

Ormond Castle

€57,552.60

6

Parkes Castle

€65,539.08

5

Pearse Museum & St. Enda's Park*

€338,427.39

7

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre*

€134,595.34

6

Portumna Castle

€99,398.35

6

Rathfarnham Castle *

€122,784.46

7

Reginald's Tower

€121,825.48

6

Rock of Cashel

€496,829.58

23

Roscrea Castle Grounds

€78,216.21

5

Ross Castle

€223,771.34

6

Scattery Island

€16,619.37

1

Skelligs

€90,765.61

5

Sligo Abbey

€71,451.57

5

St. Audoens

€75,364.60

10

St. Mary's Abbey

€15,763.07

See Casino

St. Mary's Gowran

€25,863.82

2

Swiss Cottage

€116,583.95

6

Teach an Phiarsaigh

€29,860.88

3

Tintern Abbey

€52,746.58

7

Trim Castle

€138,746.31

10

Dublin Castle

€644,155.93

16

TOTAL

€9,596,918.71

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