Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Covid-19 (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): Statements


9:55 pm

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)

I have great memories of Lough Derg in County Donegal. The retreat is quite tough. As the Deputy is aware, local authorities are expected to take the lead in nominating potential world heritage sites. For his information, the new tentative list will be submitted to UNESCO by July 2021. We extended the application process. I am not aware of the place mentioned by the Deputy or its status. Applications can be accepted until 31 March.

As the Deputy is aware, Skellig Michael is a world heritage site. As I stated, it is important in terms of tourism. There are certain criteria that such sites must fulfil, including that they have something very special about them. I take the Deputy's word on the suitability of the site to which he referred.


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