Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): Statements
Gino Kenny (Dublin Mid West, People Before Profit Alliance)
It is a long time since we needed the environment and nature so much. The darkness of the pandemic has drawn us to parks, canals and other amenities to which we would not normally be drawn, and that is a very good thing. There is a new appreciation for our surroundings, which is also a really good thing. Canals such as the Royal Canal and the Grand Canal are probably being more used than ever because they are good amenities, they are near people's houses and there are no cars in their immediate vicinity.
Many people will holiday in Ireland this summer. The vast majority of people will not travel outside of the State. Will the Department consider making the cultural and heritage sites in the State available to families at concessionary rates or free of charge? These sites are quite expensive for families. Will the Department consider making sites owned by the State free of charge to families who present at them?