Dáil Éireann - Volume 550 - 20 March, 2002
Written Answers. - Conservation Works.
Mr. Hogan Mr. Hogan
558. Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands the amount spent and the development which has taken place at Kells Priory, County Kilkenny since 1997; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8442/02]
Miss de Valera Miss de Valera
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): During the period 1997 to 2001, the following works were undertaken at Kells Priory: urgent masonry repair and conservation of a collapsed arch in the south chancel wall; repair of a window; cleaning off and repair of the wall tops; masonry repairs to the Watergate and temporary fencing of an adjacent area to prevent vehicular access; restoration of a doorway, which was in a dangerous condition, in the north chancel wall; provision of access to the site through the graveyard in conjunction with Kells Region Economic and Tourism Enterprise Limited; insertion of a door in the north west gate to prevent the public from accessing private property; detailed survey of both the priors tower and the water tower; and an inventory of the carved stone on the site.
Expenditure on Kells Priory in the period 1997 to the end of February 2002, was €52,164. It is  planned, as part of the National Development Plan 2000-2006 to carry out a further phase of conservation works subject to the provision of a suitable base there and the transfer of the workforce from projects in Waterford City.
Dáil Éireann 550 Written Answers. Conservation Works.