Answered on June 26, 2013
To ask the Minister for Finance the annual cost to the Exchequer, across all Departments, of maintaining Farmleigh House, Dublin; and the number of overnight State visitors, high-level meeting delegates, and members of the public who attended events there in the years 2010 and 2012.
Reply from the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Brian Hayes: The following are the figures requested by Deputy Deasy:
Annual Operational Costs
Operational and maintenance costs: €2,805,515
Gas and Electricity: €150,341
Operational and maintenance costs: €2,798,623
Gas and Electricity: €182,668
Answered on June 26, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of donations made to the National Museum of Ireland in the past ten years.
Reply from Minister Jimmy Deenihan: The National Museum of Ireland became a fully autonomous non-commercial semi-state body on 3rd May 2005 under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act 1997 and I, as Minister, have no statutory responsibility in relation to day-to-day operational matters including donations.
I have therefore referred the Deputy's question to the Director of the National Museum of Ireland for direct reply.
May 29, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of money being set aside to fund commemorations of World War 1, the War of Independence, the 1916 Easter Rising and the Civil War.
Reply from Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan: The commemorative programme embraces the totality of our history in the years from the 3rd Home Rule Bill to the emergence of the Irish State.
Proceeding on the centenary timeline, the series of historic events will be addressed in a comprehensive, authentic and inclusive way oriented towards enhanced understanding and public participation.
The capital and current needs of the commemorative programme to date have been met from within the approved allocations of several Departments and Offices. Funding arrangements are addressed on an individual basis for each project brought forward in the context of the commemorative programme.
Answered on May 28, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the intended transfer in trust of Mount Congreve Gardens in County Waterford to the State will take place; the reason for the non completion in discussions between the Office of Public Works and the Congreve Foundation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Reply from Minister of State Brian Hayes: The house and gardens at Mount Congreve are currently under the care of the Mount Congreve Trust. The Mount Congreve Trust consists of three Trustees including the Commissioners of Public Works. The remaining two Trustees represent the Congreve Foundation and were appointed by Mr. Congreve. The Trust period for the gardens commenced upon the death of Mr Congreve in May 2011 and will expire in May 2032. The Mansion House will remain in the hands of the Trust until 2059. Only upon the expiration of these Trust periods will the properties revert to the ownership of the State. The Commissioners of Public Works, in their role as Trustee, have been in discussions with the other Trustees as to the future management of the Trust properties. While these discussions are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.