Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Question 358: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding the work carried out by a committee (details supplied) which was established by him; the steps taken to progress the work of this committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7173/09]
I appointed the Lismullin Advisory Committee to advise me on the conduct of the archaeological works at Lismullin, carried out under the Directions issued on 12 June 2007 by my predecessor as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Committee concluded that preservation in situ of the national monument at Lismullin was neither feasible, nor in the best interests of the archaeological remains, and, on the Committee's advice, archaeological works began on 7 August 2007. The Project Archaeologist, Consultant Archaeologist and site director liaised closely with the Committee on the conduct of the works.
All archaeological works in relation to that part of the national monument at Lismullin within the land take for the M3 motorway have now been completed in line with the Directions issued and under the guidance of the Lismullin Advisory Committee. In accordance with its terms of reference, the Committee continues to provide advice to the NRA and its consultants in relation to the analysis and reporting of the archaeological finds at Lismullin. Full reports of all the archaeological excavations carried out will be lodged with my Department in 2009 and I will ensure these are made available publicly.
Question 359: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position in relation to a request to a committee (details supplied) regarding proposals for a garden of remembrance at Lismullin Henge, County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7174/09]