Clare asked the new Ministers for Environment and Arts to clarify the function of their departments and which departments are now responsible for Environment and Nature.
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to which Departments, the Environment functions of his Department have passed; if he has successfully split all of the functions of the former Department or if he has dispensed with any of its functions.
– Clare Daly
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 24 th May, 2016
Ref Nos: 11440/16 and 11581/16
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney)
Responsibility for the environment functions, including climate change, will transfer to a new Department of Climate Change, Communications & Natural Resources. The marine planning and foreshore functions will remain with my Department.
In relation to the community portfolio, responsibility for, inter alia, the LEADER programme; the CLÁR programme; an expanded Town and Village Renewal Scheme; the TidyTowns scheme; the Western Development Commission; the implementation of the report of the Commission on the Economic Development of Rural Areas; the dormant accounts fund and social enterprise will rest with a new Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht.
Responsibility for the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and other community-related functions including the PEACE programme; the scheme to support national organisations; support for volunteering and the Forum on Philanthropy and Fundraising will remain with my Department.
The statutory transfer of functions process to give effect to these changes in respect of the environment and community portfolios is underway.
To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to which Departments, the Nature functions of her Department have passed; if she has successfully split all of the functions of the former Department or if she has dispensed with any of its functions.
– Clare Daly.
* For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 24th May, 2016.
Ref No: 11581/16 Proof: 71
4/05/2016 Question No 884
R E P L Y
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ms. Heather Humphreys, TD)
My Department in its reconfigured format will retain all of the functions of the previous Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, including functions in relation to both the built and natural heritage.
Accordingly, a continuing key priority for my Department will be the conservation and management of Ireland’s unique heritage for the benefit of present and future generations, both in terms of its intrinsic value and as a support to economic renewal and sustainable employment.
I fully recognise the significant contribution that Ireland’s built and natural heritage make to national health, wellbeing, enjoyment and sustainable economic growth. I will continue to work to ensure that Ireland has a suite of heritage policies and legislation in place to meet modern requirements, in compliance with EU and international heritage obligations, and to achieve their effective implementation, within available resources.