Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress that has been made through mapping and other means by his Department’s underwater archaeology unit to establish the location of the estimated 15,000 shipwrecks lying in Irish territorial waters.
Reply from Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan: My Department’s National Monuments Service, through its Underwater Archaeology Unit, has been researching shipwrecks in Irish territorial waters since 1999 and, from documentary sources and local research and knowledge has, to date, built up a database of 17,000 wrecks, of which some 3,000 have been accurately located.
With the co-operation and assistance of the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Marine Institute, the identity and location of a further 300 wrecks has been identified and verified through high resolution seabed mapping techniques. Further analysis of data already collected and continuing research is expected to increase the number of known shipwreck sites as time goes on.
Work is currently being finalised on the development of a shipwrecks database for inclusion in the National Monuments Service website, www.archaeology.ie, where it will be available to the general public. My Department has also produced two related publications in recent years: The Shipwreck Inventory of Ireland: Louth to Wicklow and Warships, U-Boats and Liners, the latter in co-operation with the Marine Institute and the Geological Survey of Ireland.
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.
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