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Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: National Monuments (23 May 2017)

Heather Humphreys: I would firstly like to put on record my sincere appreciation to the members of the Group and to the Deputy himself for the report that they have recently presented to me. The Moore Street Consultative Forum, which was independently chaired by a former Departmental Secretary General, included local and Oireachtas political representatives, 1916 relatives, street traders and other...

Select Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: Estimates for Public Services 2017
Vote 33 - Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Revised)
(11 May 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...Deputy Smyth, who is also from the Cavan-Monaghan constituency, is present and I can say that I am not in the habit of giving money back. I want to see it spent. I thank Deputy Ó Cuív for his input in the Moore Street forum. He played a big role in that, he suggested it and it has worked out very well. I thank those who were involved in it, the political representatives,...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: National Monuments (2 May 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...possible. The report envisaged this process taking six weeks and we are still well within that timeframe. The new advisory group will be drawn from among the existing membership of the outgoing Moore Street consultative group. I understand it had 27 members and it is envisaged that the new body, while being equally representative across the same spectrum of interests, will be somewhat...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: National Monuments (2 May 2017)

Heather Humphreys: I refer the Deputy to my reply today to Priority Question No.5. In addition, I’d like to acknowledge the hugely important contribution of the Deputy to the work of the Moore St. Consultative Group.

Seanad: Heritage Bill 2016: Report and Final Stages (13 Apr 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...the Senators are trying to achieve. The only problem is that it will be impractical to implement. The amendment would restrict Waterways Ireland's ability to provide new infrastructure such as moorings and weirs along the canals. For example, water levels need to be lowered due to flooding and other circumstances which would impede navigation. Waterways Ireland, through its marine...

Seanad: Heritage Bill 2016: Report and Final Stages (13 Apr 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...the Heritage Bill already provides for the power to make by-laws for the charging and fixing of fees, tolls and charges in respect of the use of the canals by boats, including the use of locks and moorings on the canals and the taking of water from the canals. The Department's legal advice is that this provision would also include the powers to charge a fee for the issuing of such...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: National Monuments (12 Apr 2017)

Heather Humphreys: I received the report of the Moore Street Consultative Group on 29 March 2017. The Group, which includes political representatives, relatives and other stakeholders, was set up in a bid to bring together the range of views on Moore Street. I welcome the fact that the report is seeking a way forward based on consensus. I believe that its recommendations can help breathe new life into...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: National Monuments (23 Mar 2017)

Heather Humphreys: Works to fully conserve the national monument buildings at Nos. 14-17 Moore Street, which were acquired on behalf of the State in July 2015, and to open the buildings as a 1916 Commemorative Centre, have been suspended since early last year on foot of proceedings in the High Court. A limited scheme of works approved by the Court to preserve and protect the buildings until a permanent...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Waterways Ireland Remit (21 Mar 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...of permits or licences to regulate the use of boats on the canals and on canal property; the regulation of the type or class of boat which may be used on the canals; the regulation of berths and moorings and the placing of buoys on the canals or other canal property; the regulation and care of animals on the canals and other canal property; the appointment and powers of authorised officers...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Priority Questions: Departmental Expenditure (7 Mar 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...year, there were some delays with capital projects. There were certain one-off Decade of Centenary projects where there were unavoidable delays, including the national monument at Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street and the major redevelopment works at the National Archives. That is why money had to be carried over because it was not actually spent.

Seanad: Heritage Bill 2016: Committee Stage (Resumed) (2 Mar 2017)

Heather Humphreys: The amendment would restrict Waterways Ireland's ability to provide new infrastructure such as moorings and weirs along the canal. Water levels need to be lowered due to flooding and other circumstances which would impede navigation. Waterways Ireland regularly closes navigation, through its marine notices, to allow special events to take place. That is for the enjoyment of the public....

Seanad: Heritage Bill 2016: Committee Stage (Resumed) (2 Mar 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...in the Maritime Safety Act 2005. That is nothing new. There was talk about houseboats. If somebody wants to live on a houseboat, he or she will be able to apply for a long-term permit for mooring. That is an annual permit. On the concerns expressed about giving authorised officers the right to stop and search boaters, walkers and cyclists on Waterways Ireland property, such as canals,...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Public Relations Contracts Data (9 Feb 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...;554 Launch of Culture Ireland supported artists attending Edinburgh International Festivals Lensmen €258 Launch of Culture Ireland I AM IRELAND 2016 programme Maxwell Photography €503 John Redmond commemoration Maxwell Photography €138 Launch of Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme Maxwell Photography €861 10th Anniversary of Culture Ireland...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: National Monuments (31 Jan 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...interactions with some of the parties noted would have been necessitated by issues relating to the separate discharge of my functions as Minister with regard to the State owned National Monument in Moore Street and in the context of the Moore Street Consultative Group which is in an ongoing engagement with all relevant stakeholders.

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Waterways Issues (31 Jan 2017)

Heather Humphreys: ...and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland has been undertaken, and proposals for use of these berths are being taken forward to protect these public recreational amenities and ensure moorings are available for boats touring on the canal system.

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Departmental Expenditure (13 Dec 2016)

Heather Humphreys: ...€554 Launch of Culture Ireland supported artists attending Edinburgh International Festivals Lensmen €258 Launch of Culture Ireland I AM IRELAND 2016 programme Maxwell Photography €503 John Redmond commemoration Maxwell Photography €138 Launch of Ireland 2016 Commemorative Programme Maxwell Photography €861 10th Anniversary of Culture Ireland...

Priority Questions: Departmental Expenditure (29 Nov 2016)

Heather Humphreys: ...been some delays in drawdown of funding regarding the permanent reminders component of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme. There were unavoidable delays in regard to the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street and the major redevelopment at the National Archives. While some progress has been made on these projects, the full expected drawdown of funds will not now occur this year. ...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Waterways Issues (29 Nov 2016)

Heather Humphreys: ...1986 would introduce a provision for the regulation of the type or class of boats (including its dimensions) that may be used on the canals. The provisions would also provide for the regulation of berths and moorings on the canals. This would include house boats. The proposed changes would allow Waterways Ireland to make new bye-laws to proactively manage the Royal and Grand Canals, as...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Commemorative Events (23 Nov 2016)

Heather Humphreys: ...or very close to completion, and will take up all of their planned 2016 allocation by the end of this year. There were also unavoidable delays in some other cases - for example, the National Monument at 14-17 Moore Street and the major redevelopment at the National Archives. While some progress has been made on these projects, the full expected drawdown of funds will not now occur this year.

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Flood Relief Schemes (10 Nov 2016)

Heather Humphreys: ...or very close to completion, and will take up all of their planned 2016 allocation by the end of this year. There were also unavoidable delays in some other cases – for example, the National Monument at 14-17 Moore Street and the major redevelopment at the National Archives. While some progress has been made on these projects, the full expected drawdown of funds will not now occur...

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