Parliamentary Questions: Airport Subvention Payments

Questions to the Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport (Mr. Paschal Donohoe, TD)

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of the operational subvention paid, on an annual basis, to each airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the legal basis for public service obligation contracts for air services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the annual amount paid under public service obligation contracts for air services, broken down by airport, airline and route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWERS on 28, April, 2015.

REPLY

The level of Exchequer supports paid to the regional airports under the Core Airport Management Operational Expenditure Subvention (OPEX) and the Capital Expenditure Grant (CAPEX) Schemes, along with the payments made directly to airline operators on the routes under the Public Service Obligation (PSO) Air Services Scheme for the years 2011 to 2014 is set out in tables.

OPEX 2011 – € 2012 – € 2013 – € 2014 – €
Donegal 42,630 111,417 0 0
Galway 2,309,191 0 0 0
Kerry 950,000 550,000 436,918 507,224
IWA Knock 431,907 589,644 654,576 548,600
Sligo 386,535 0 0 0
Waterford 1,272,071 1,232,964 1,121,399 1,038,784

 

OPEX 2011 – € 2012 – € 2013 – € 2014 – €
Donegal 2,111,313 0 339,474 431,759
Galway 222,944 0 0 0
Kerry 399,348 1,633,946 740,958 133,156
IWA Knock 233,282 699,007 2,013,023 1,925,413
Sligo 237,531 0 0 0
Waterford 795,582 1,333,830 361,686 533,220

 

PSO 2011 – € 2012 – € 2013 – € 2014 – €
Loganair/Aer Arann (Donegal/Dublin) 4,719,428 3,451,683 3,598,803 3,701,291
Stobart / Aer Arann(Kerry/Dublin) 359,721 917,964 4,021,261 4,061,373
Loganair/Aer Arann(Derry/Dublin) 2,857,753 0 0 0
Aer Arann(Galway/Dublin) 2,190,078 0 0 0

The legal basis for the PPSO Air Services contracts is Council Regulation (EU) No. 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform, Tourism, Transport

Parliamentary Questions: Tourism Funding

Questions to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Mr. Brendan Howlin, TD)

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform regarding his Department and agencies-bodies under his remit, the amount of money spent on an annual basis on maintaining, marketing, promoting and staffing tourist/visitor attractions in County Cork – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of money spent on an annual basis by the Office of Public Works on maintaining, marketing, promoting and staffing tourist and visitor attractions in County Cork. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWERS on Tuesday, 31 March 2015.

REPLY

The Office of Public Works is responsible for six Visitor sites in Co. Cork. The expenditure associated with each of these sites in 2013 and 2014 is as follows:

Site

Year

Conservation Works and Maintenance (inc l staff costs) €

Utilities and Running Costs €

Guide Costs €

Total Costs €

Barryscourt Castle

2014 117,850 11,634 45,778 175,262

 

2013 98,495 5,178 43,690 147,363

Charlesfort

2014 317,239 16,592 216,964 550,795

 

2013 272,176 17,275 201,124 490,575

Desmond Castle

2014 18,950 2,745 55,386 77,081

 

2013 19,302 4,080 56,273 79,655

Garinish Island

2014 375,729.22 59,475 294,519 729,723

 

2013 410,001.93 62,499 303,417 775,917

Doneraile Park

2014 387,787.00 330,435# No Guide Service 718,222

 

2013 371,600.00 151,000 522,600

Fota House & Gardens

2014 207,626 46,967 No Guide Service 254,539

 

2013 345,032 52,979 398,012

# Includes exceptional costs of storm damage.

* Presentation and Guide Service is managed separately by the Irish Heritage Trust.

The OPW does not market individual sites directly and all marketing and promotional activity is carried out in respect of the Heritage estate as a whole; marketing expenditure on individual sites is therefore not available.

In total, there are 56 National Monuments in State care in Co. Cork which are managed by the OPW, including the three first named above. Maintenance expenditure in relation to these sites is not identified separately but is included in the overall spend of the OPW’s Mallow National Monuments Depot.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform, Tourism

Parliamentary Questions: Tourism Data

Questions to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Mr. Paschal Donohoe, TD)

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a list of the visitor numbers in the top ten most popular tourist attractions in Cork city for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide the visitor numbers in the top ten most popular tourist attractions in County Cork for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWERS on Tuesday, 31 March 2015.

REPLY

Fáilte Ireland compiles figures annually on the visitor numbers to free and fee-paying visitor attractions in Ireland. Participation in the survey is voluntary and therefore the data gathered is not comprehensive. These figures are published on the Fáilte Ireland website. I have provided web links to the top national fee paying and free attractions for 2013 below. As the matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland, I am referring the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland for further details.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Tourism