Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): Statements
Josepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
With respect to Deputy Tóibín, he spent several years trying to prevent the development of a visitor facility at 14-17 Moore Street. The Deputy and I have engaged many times over the last few years on the issue of Moore Street, in particular when he was spokesperson in another party. My intention is to have the conservation of the national monument buildings, 14-17 Moore Street, completed as soon as possible, along with the 1916 commemorative quarter and overall redevelopment of the north inner city. The National Monuments Service, the Office of Public Works, OPW, my Department and other agencies are liaising to progress the plans for the presentation of the monument to the public.
The Deputy also mentioned Galway 2020. This Government is fully committed to providing all of the funding it promised for Galway 2020, which amounts to €15 million in total. I have spoken at the EU Council of Culture Ministers on the issue, including the possibility of European Culture Programme funding for it into the future. One of the main issues in regard to Galway 2020 is the legacy project. We hope to do at least half of the programme later this year or early next year.