Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (882)

Bobby Aylward

Ceist:

882. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the estimated cost of increasing the budget for the Heritage Council by 6.5%; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29893/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

I was pleased to announce increased funding of €6.588m for the Heritage Council in 2019, compared to €6.377m in 2018, an increase of 3.3%. The funding to be provided to the Heritage Council in 2020 will be decided in the context of the annual estimates cycle, which is currently underway, having regard to available finance and competing demands.

The cost of increasing the Heritage Council’s budget by 6.5% would be €428,220.

The voted funding allocation to the Heritage Council each year is published in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Revised Estimates Volume. The amounts allocated since 2015 are set out in the following table.

Year 

Total

(€m)

 2019

6,588

2018

6,377

2017

6,254

2016

5,243

2015

4,743