Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Question 401: To ask the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht in view of the fact that there is a consent application before him for work to the 1916 National Monument at 14 to 17 Moore Street, Dublin, that will lead to building on and under and within its protected area as designated, since his undertaking to preserve the monument under Preservation Order No. 1 of 2007 was adopted by both Houses of the Oireachtas, when will Members of the Oireachtas be given an opportunity to examine this unprecedented application to alter, build on and demolish elements of a national monument in the commercial interest of a private developer. [9256/12]
Question 402: To ask the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht the involvement of the National Assets Management Agency in the plans before him to alter, build on and demolish elements of the national monument at 14 to 17 Moore Street. [9257/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 401 and 402 together.
The National Monuments Preservation Order in relation to Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street was made in 2007 by the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, as Minister responsible for heritage matters at that time. The effect of the order is that works affecting these properties, including any excavation or ground disturbance within, around or in proximity to them, require my consent under section 14 of the National Monuments Act 1930, as amended. The Oireachtas Consultation Group on Commemorative Matters will continue to be informed of developments in relation to the Moore Street monument in the context of its role in the 1916 centenary preparations. I have no function in relation to the operations of the National Assets Management Agency.