Humphreys, Heather

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I thank all of the Deputies who have participated in the debate. I congratulate Deputy Catherine Martin who spoke last night on her election as chairperson of the women's caucus.More Button

I stress that the amendments to the Canals Act are primarily enabling provisions to allow Waterways Ireland to make by-laws to regulate boating on canals and manage their use. They were develope...More Button

This legislation and the by-laws that will emanate from it will enhance the ability of Waterways Ireland to manage the Royal Canal, the Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation for the benefit of al...More Button

Regarding hedge cutting and burning, a number of Deputies referred to the provisions in section 7 of the Bill. Deputies will be aware that an amendment was passed in Seanad Éireann to restrict t...More Button

Deputy Thomas Byrne has been misinformed. This is a complex issue, but I will try to explain it. We have the Roads Act, for which the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is responsible. ...More Button

This legislation is not about the widespread and heavy cutting of hedges. It will simply allow a person to trim a hedge in the month of August in certain instances only. In that regard, any tr...More Button

They can continue to do so during the existing permitted period which runs from September to the end of February. This is a two-year pilot project. My Department will carry out studies to determi...More Button

There has been a lot of misinformation and scaremongering about this Bill. This Bill will not make it compulsory for anybody to cut a hedge in August. If a hedge is blocking the view of road us...More Button

The curlew was mentioned. I have established a special curlew task force to examine what steps can be taken to support the native curlew, something that has been warmly welcomed by groups such a...More Button

With regard to the burning provisions, I echo the Deputies who condemned the spate of illegal burning in certain parts of the country during the spring and summer periods. There is a misconcepti...More Button

I note the contributions made by some Members on the impact of the burning and hedge-cutting provisions on bird life, especially on the nesting period for various species. I want to assure Membe...More Button

With regard to the Heritage Council, I stress that the changes mainly relate to governance procedures and have arisen as the result of a detailed review undertaken in 2012. I agree with Deputy O...More Button

Historic towns were also mentioned. In 2014 we ran a very successful pilot programme in three historic towns - Westport, Youghal and Listowel - in partnership with the Heritage Council and Fáilt...More Button

I look forward to further constructive discussion and debate on the next Stage. Go raibh maith agaibh.More Button

Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Referral to Select Committee

I move:

  That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 149(1).More Button

  Sitting suspended at 1.30 p.m. and resumed at 2 p.m.More Button

Turbary Rights

Was asked: the location in which the turbary rights information for bogs is stored.More Button

Information on turbary rights is held by the Property Registration Authority of Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as successor to the Irish Land Commission. I also und...More Button

My Department receives information on turbary rights from individuals who have applied for compensation under the raised bog Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme.More Button

Design and Crafts Council

Was asked: the role carried out by her Department in respect of crafts and persons that work in the craft area (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is the national agency and development organisation for the craft industry in Ireland. The Design & Crafts Council is funded by the Department of Business, E...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: her views on further State funding for the event centre in Cork city.More Button

The Cork Event Centre is a project being developed and managed by Cork City Council and the Council is responsible for the delivery of the project.More Button

My Department has allocated €12 million to the City Council towards the cost of the Centre. This allocation is subject to a Service Level Agreement with the City Council to ensure compliance wit...More Button

On 27 September 2017, Cork City Council made an application to my Department for a further grant of €10 million to assist in the development of the project. My Department will now assess the app...More Button

Special Areas of Conservation

Was asked: her views on the recent ESB actions on the walkways and hedgerows of the Gearagh SAC; the follow up actions she plans to ensure similar actions do not reoccur in this or another SAC; her plans to r...More Button

Was asked: if funding will be made available to reinstate the walkways in the Gearagh SAC following the recent ESB actions; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 and 136 together.

  The Gearagh special area of conservation is a nature reserve in the ownership of the ESB. The ESB has advised my Departm...More Button

Film Industry Tax Reliefs

Was asked: the changes she has sought to section 481; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department in partnership with the Departments of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Business, Enterprise and Innovation, commissioned an economic analysis of our screen based cr...More Button

It is planned that the study will provide an input into the development of an industry-wide long term plan for Ireland as a global hub for the production of Film, TV Drama and Animation under Pil...More Button