Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): Statements
Alan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
I have two further questions. Does the Minister have any comment with regard to unspent resources? Heritage week is something an awful lot of people look forward to every year, myself included. I always take the opportunity to get in the car and take the kids off to some facility they perhaps have never been to in the midlands or sometimes a little bit further away, but it is a usual event in my family that, on a Sunday, we tend to go off to one of our wonderful national heritage facilities. The Minister might take a moment to deal with that issue.
To tie in with what I was talking about earlier in regard to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport trying to tie into the whole idea of encouraging people to utilise the resources at our fingertips across the country, there is the idea of a "Destination (insert county name here)" - Fingal for myself, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown for the Minister or wherever it might be. We need to encourage the Department to hook in with those local authorities and the governing Department to try to encourage visits to certain facilities across the country. In the short time she has left, the Minister might provide an answer to that question.