Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 31 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

  224. Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance if the means of collecting rain water in open topped barrels at Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown, County Kilkenny is safe; if the pipes and barrels will be removed and replaced with a more acceptable method using chains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18302/05]

  Mr. Parlon: Temporary downpipes and collecting barrels were recently put in position at three locations on the eastern side of Jerpoint Abbey in order to monitor water run-off, which was resulting in the staining of, and calcite build up on, stonework. Following assessment of water run-off, the barrels have now been pierced and will remain in position to protect the stonework until a drainage trench to take away water from the outside of the east cloistral range is put in place. This work is to be scheduled in conjunction [684] with archaeological excavations at the site programmed for this summer. Permanent downpipes rather than chains will replace the temporary downpipes where necessary.