Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): Statements
Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
The Deputy can rest assured we are in close contact with all local authorities. Most of the 31 local authorities have an in situ heritage officer who does a lot of work in the community and we also give them some funding.
Heritage Week will be going ahead but, obviously, it will be in a different format to previous years. Since the emergence of the crisis, we have been deliberating on how we can best deliver it. We will be inviting people to undertake projects that will culminate during Heritage Week. People can explore the topic and the theme this year is heritage and education and learning from our heritage. This year, Heritage Week will take place between 15 and 23 August. We will be able to showcase online most of what the public has gathered together. I thank the Deputy for his contribution.
To answer the other question, the Department never has a surplus and people definitely get bang for their buck and we use every cent.