Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (159)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

159. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount expended in the past three years to date on the upkeep and maintenance of national monuments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25310/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Office of Public Works is responsible for the conservation, management and presentation of:

- approximately 1,000 National Monuments that are in State ownership or guardianship at 768 locations

- 32 other significant Historic Properties.

The conservation and presentation of these sites to the public involves a range of activities including major and minor conservation projects, ongoing maintenance of both buildings and grounds and works to facilitate or improve the presentation and interpretation of sites including Guide services, which are provided at 70 sites around the country, on either a full-time or seasonal basis.

The following table reflects the overall amount spent on the National Monuments estate for the years in question.

2017

2018

2019 (to date)

25,762,614

27,949,707

11,415,666

OPW provides protection, maintenance, presentation and day-to-day management of a number of other historic State owned properties.

2017

2018

2019 (to date)

€26,966,834

€27,026,859

€12,715,471