Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Question 372: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if in view of the fact that representatives of a company (details supplied) are seeking information on the battlefield status of the Moore Street area, Dublin, in applying for ministerial consent for work to the 1916 national monument, if he will authorise an independent battlefield site assessment of the Carlton site in line with his undertaking to preserve the 1916 national monument under preservation order no. 1 of 2007. [7717/12]
Question 373: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the expenditure of public funds there has been to date, on the preservation and protection of the 1916 national monument, Moore Street, Dublin, since its designation under section 8 of the National Monuments Act. [7718/12]
Question 374: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his views that the national monument at 14-17 Moore Street, Dublin, is in danger of being or is actually being destroyed, or is falling into decay through neglect; the steps he has taken to remedy this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7719/12]
Question 380: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding plans to protect and develop 16 Moore Street, Dublin, as an important historical, cultural and tourism landmark; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7983/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 372 to 374, inclusive, and 380 together.
I refer to the reply to Question No. 83 on 31 January 2012. To facilitate consideration of the consent application submitted under the National Monuments Acts in respect of the proposed development of the monument site, the applicant has been asked by my Department, following consultation with the National Museum of Ireland, to, inter alia, examine and report on some wider aspects of the site. I understand that the applicant has engaged a consultant archaeologist to undertake this assessment. Responsibility for the care and maintenance of the monument is the responsibility of the owner and, consequently, no such expenditure has been incurred by my Department. I have from time to time given the owner consent under the National Monuments Acts to undertake essential maintenance works and I am satisfied that there is no immediate risk to the structures of the monument buildings.