Written answers

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Archival Material

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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448. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he has considered making data storage available to local historians and folklorists who require a large amount of data storage to preserve their material; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48662/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Department recognises the valuable local resource that archives represent and the importance of their proper management. Under Section 80 of the Local Government Act, 2001, it is a matter for each local authority Chief Executive, in the first instance, to ensure that the proper arrangements are in place for the proper management, custody, care and conservation of local records and archives and for their inspection by the public.

In that context, my Department is considering providing funding towards the Decade of Centenaries commemoration programme next year which will encompass the digitisation of relevant archives across the country.


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