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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 November 2020

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Ceisteanna (51)

Catherine Murphy

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51. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the funding provided to the National Archives of Ireland in each year since 2016; the reason the funding was provided in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34009/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Tourism)

The allocations made available to the National Archives from the Vote of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media are set out in the table below. Staff of the National Archives, are staff of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and are therefore paid from the administrative budget pay subhead of the Department which is not included in the table below. As stated below the B3 funding is a payment to match resources generated by the National Archives. The B4 amounts are to cover the general expenses of the National Archives and the National Archives Advisory Council,

Subhead Description

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

B.3 Current (Grant-in-aid – matching receipts from fees for copies of archives etc.)

40,000

40,000

40,000

40,000

40,000

B.4 Current

1,165,000

1,215,000

1,265,000

1,315,000

1,315,000

B.4 Capital

351,000

351,000

351,000

351,000

351,000

Total

1,556,000

1,606,000

1,656,000

1,706,000

1,706,000

I am also pleased to confirm that the €24million redevelopment project for the Archival Repository is now at tender stage and it is planned that work will commence on the construction work shortly. Work has already been carried out in decanting the existing Archive to offsite storage and other preparatory work has also commenced.

In addition the National Archives received €198,022.92 for upgrade Capital works at its Bishop Street headquarters carried out by the OPW separate to the redevelopment project and €120,000 towards a digitisation project in conjunction with the Houses of the Oireachtas.

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