Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (215)

Tom Neville

Ceist:

215. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the level of interest in the built heritage investment scheme and historic structures fund in County Limerick. [16776/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

My Department provides financial support for the protection of heritage buildings and historic structures through the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF), formerly the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF), which are administered by local authorities. 

On 28 March I announced funding of €4.3m for 478 projects under these schemes. Details of these projects are available on my Department's website and on local authority websites.  

The Built Heritage Investment Scheme is designed to leverage private capital for investment in a significant number of labour-intensive, small scale conservation projects across the country and to support the employment of skilled and experienced conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment. The scheme helps with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts or within Architectural Conservation Areas. It is administered by local authorities. 

Under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme, local authorities assess the applications before sending them to my Department for approval. My Department does not request the total number of applications received by the local authority. In 2019, 27 projects proposed by Limerick City and County Council were approved under Built Heritage Investment Scheme to the value of €118,000, an increase of 9% over 2018.  

Built Heritage Investment Scheme – Limerick 2019

Name and Address of Structure      

Grant

Sunvale Inn, Ardpatrick

€3,000 

1 Bridge Street, Abbeyfeale 

€3,000 

Gate Lodge, Mungret College, Mungret, Limerick 

€3,000 

Limerick Christian Centre, Mungret College Chapel, Mungret 

€4,000 

Limekiln, Loughill 

€3,500 

Countess Dunraven Fountain, Blackabbey, Adare 

€3,000

Scarteen House, Knocklong 

€6,000 

Cooleen House, Bruree 

€5,000 

Fr. Kelly's Thatched Cottage, Church View, Main Street, Adare 

€2,500 

Thatched House, Deelish, Ardagh 

€2,500 

Linfield House, Pallasgreen 

€4,000 

Castlegarde, Cappamore 

€5,000 

O'Connell's Public House, Ballyneety 

€6,000 

St. Mary's Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick 

€5,000 

Parnell Cottage, Moroewood, Murroe 

€4,000 

Carrickaroche, Galbally 

€2,500 

Ballymartin School, Ballymartin, Manister 

€4,000 

Purtill Cottage, Tuogh, Adare 

€2,500 

Ó Ceilleachair Bar, Main Street, Kilfinane 

€4,000

St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Askeaton 

€2,500 

St. Saviour's Dominican Priory, Glentworth Street, Limerick 

€2,500 

St. Paul's Heritage Centre, Glin 

€4,000 

Mona Lodge, Montpelier 

€2,850 

Kilballyowen Stableyard, Bruff 

€3,250 

Villiers School, North Circular Road, Limerick 

€3,250 

Saint Munchin's Church, Old Church Street, Limerick 

€3,000

Maunsell Cross, Tervoe, Clarina, Limerick 

€4,000 

Raheen House, Ahane 

€3,000

2 Pery Square, Limerick

€4,000 

17 Upper Cecil Street, Limerick

€2,750

Limerick Georgian Core Historic Railings and plinth walls project, Limerick 

€2,750 

4 O'Connell Terrace, O'Connell Avenue, Limerick 

€4,650 

68 O'Connell Street, Limerick 

€3,000 

Total 

€118,000 

The Historic Structures Fund is for conservation works to heritage structures, in both private and public ownership. The primary focus of the Historic Structures Fund is on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the benefit of communities and the public. The fund is generally administered through the local authorities who prepare a shortlist of applications and each one can send a maximum of three private and one public project forward for assessment by my Department. 

Grants under Stream One of the Historic Structures Fund are for amounts of between €15,000 and €50,000. Under Stream Two a small number of larger grants, up to €200,000, was also available for historic structures in private and public ownership. 

Limerick City and County Council indicated they had received 13 applications under the Historic Structures Fund in 2019, of which 4 were put forward to the Department for consideration. A further application was made directly to my Department. Following assessment, two projects were approved in County Limerick as set out below.

Name and Address of Structure      

Grant 

Barry's Cottage, Church View, Adare 

€28,000 

Castletown Conyers (Upper Connello) 

€15,000 

Total 

€43,000