Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ceisteanna (357)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

357. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of archaeological licences which have been issued by her Department since 1995; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4674/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

The total number of individual archaeological excavation licences issued by the National Monuments Service of my Department under Section 26 of the National Monuments Act 1930 since 1995 to date amounts to 20,164.

The licensing of  archaeological excavations is an important function of the National Monuments Service in the protection of archaeological sites and monuments where there is a risk of damage from development-led works.