Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Ceisteanna (656)

Dara Calleary


656. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the plans, reports and strategy documents published regarding island development or rural development on the islands in each of the years 1996 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by name and publication year in tabular form. [39712/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

The following table sets out a number of reports commissioned by my Department relating to the offshore islands since 1996:

Publication year




Interdepartmental Co-ordinating Committee on Island Development: 

A strategic framework for developing the offshore islands of Ireland


Cranfield University

The proposed development and day to day management of island airstrips and associated air services


Malachy Walsh and Partners

Review of certain subsidised Ferry Services to the islands


Cranfield University

The proposed development of island airstrips and associated air services to Inishbofin and Tory island


Saltire Management Company

Aran Islands Ro-Ro Service feasibility study


Petrus Consulting

Capital Expenditure on the Islands 1998 - 2004


FGS Consulting report

A Report on the Employment Needs and Development Potential of the Islands


DPER - DCHG Evaluation Unit

Spending Review 2018 - Subsidised ferry Services to Offshore islands

It is my understanding that, over the period concerned, there may have been further reports published by other state agencies, such as the National Island Primary Care Services Review published by the HSE in 2018.

The last comprehensive inter-departmental report on island development was published in 1996.  I have, however, recently established a new Interdepartmental Committee for Island Development, the first meeting of which was held on 24 September 2019.  The committee is charged with producing an integrated cross-Government islands policy to build island sustainability which will be done following an extensive consultation process with the island communities and other stakeholders.