KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, is welcoming the allocation of €50,000 for road improvement works in Killarney National Park and €40,000 for remedial works at Knockreer House.

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry

Thursday, 24 October 2013.

KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, is welcoming the allocation of €50,000 for road improvement works in Killarney National Park and €40,000 for remedial works at Knockreer House.

The announcement was made today (Thursday) by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. Deputy Griffin says that the funding will be a big help in protecting an important state building.

“This is very welcome funding for an important state building. I raised the condition of Knockreer House in the Dáil earlier this month through a Parliamentary Question, following representations from Fine Gael Killarney Town Councillor, Cathal Walsh. At the time, Minister Deenihan told me that the 2013 National Parks capital programme had already been fully allocated but that a review of the programme was being carried out. He added that subject to the future availability of funding, the scheme of remedial external works to Knockreer House would be considered.

“In recent times, the exterior of the house has fallen into a state of disrepair and this funding will be spent on improving walls, windows, rainwater pipes and painting.

“I am delighted that the Minister has found this funding following concerns raised by me and Councillor Cathal Walsh and I am very glad that the works will be carried out before the 2014 tourist season.
“Further to this, I would like to see attention given to restoring the beautiful gardens at the house and will continue to lobby Minister Deenihan on this.

Knockreer House was the home of Lady Beatrice Grosvenor, the last descendant of the Earls of Kenmare to reside in Killarney. The House was built by Lady Grosvenor in 1958 following the purchase of the Killarney Estate, including the present Killarney House, by Mr. & Mrs. John McShain.

Knockreer House is now the home of the Killarney National Park Education Centre, which is managed on behalf of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by the Kerry Education and Training Board in partnership with the Cappanalea Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Some 20,000 students (primary, secondary and third level) make use of the facilities at Knockreer House each year.

See recent Dáil Question below:

DAIL QUESTION

NO.        155

To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to address the deteriorating condition of Knockreer House and Gardens, Killarney, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Brendan Griffin.

*    For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 3rd October, 2013.

Ref No:   41784/13    Proof:   127

Question No 713 (Written)

R E P L Y

Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Mr. Jimmy Deenihan)

My Department keeps under review the condition of infrastructure in its care, including properties in the National Parks. Priority works that support the effective management of the National Parks are regularly carried out as part of an annual capital works programme. While the funding available for the 2013 National Parks capital programme has already been fully allocated, a review of the programme is being carried out at present and, subject to the future availability of funding, the planned scheme of remedial external works to Knockreer House will be considered in that context.

ENDS

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