Thursday, 19 May 2022
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
228. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the up-to-date position regarding the erection of a State monument in honour of a person (details supplied); if he will provide details of the most recent correspondence within Government in relation to this project; if there is a delay with the project; if so, the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25562/22]
The Office of Public Works undertakes such projects on behalf of the Department of the Taoiseach and the proposal was forwarded by the Office of Public Works to this Department for its attention. There has been no update on the matter at this present time.
229. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual costs incurred by the OPW in respect of cleaning built heritage and statues and or monuments in the past five years to date in 2022. [25572/22]
The Office of Public Works is responsible for the conservation, maintenance, presentation and promotion of Ireland’s most iconic heritage properties, including Ireland’s two Unesco World Heritage Sites, 800 National Monuments, 32 National Historic Properties and over 5,000 acres of gardens and parklands.
The care of the estate is delivered through a variety of ways and means including conservation and maintenance works delivered directly through our operational workforce, the presentation of our sites through the OPW Guide Service and where required, the procurement of suitably qualified third-party contractors to undertake particular tasks.
Given the variety of maintenance duties and the number of locations concerned, for the purposes of reporting, the OPW does not record specific definitions of all maintenance tasks required at sites and is therefore not in a position to provide the exact level of detail requested by the Deputy.