I propose to take Questions Nos. 3009, 3010, 3019, 3020, 3022, 3024 and 3030 together.
I am advised that a granite pillar was brought to the attention of my Department’s National Monuments Service as possible evidence of the existence of a famine graveyard at the location in question. However, I understand that the Department’s view is that the origins and associations of the pillar are unlikely to relate to burials.
While there is insufficient evidence at this point for the marker to be recorded as an archaeological monument, I understand that the Department has given guidance to assist local investigations to find out more about it and will also be happy to provide advice on any such further information that may come to light.
If the group to which the deputy refers wishes to arrange an archaeological assessment of the site, the best course of action would be for them to contact the landowners, and if the latter are agreeable, to then submit any necessary license applications to the Department for approval in accordance with the National Monuments Acts.