I reproduce below the text of an email I have sent to the press office at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which is responsible for waterways in RoI. Though you wouldn’t think it; DAHG’s home page has this list of activities on the left-hand side:
20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010–2030
Aran LIFE+ Posts
Public Service Reform
National Famine Commemoration 2013
National Ploughing Championships
Censorship of Publications
Nothing about either waterways or northsouthery (which is the category into which waterways fall).
Anyway, here are the questions I asked.
1. On 19 November 2013, in a written answer to Gerry Adams, Jimmy Deenihan said:
My Department’s REV provision for Waterways Ireland for 2013 is €25.463m, a 6% efficiency saving on 2012. My Department’s Estimates provision for 2014 is €24.183m, a 5% efficiency saving on 2013.
I would be grateful if you could tell me what a REV provision is.
2. Your minister also said:
The 2013 and 2014 Budget allocations to the Bodies are subject to ongoing discussion by the two Sponsor Departments and will require, of course, formal approval by the NSMC.
I would be grateful if you could tell me (a) why Waterways Ireland’s budget had not been finalised when 88% of the year had passed and (b) how that affected budgetary management in the Body.
3. I would be grateful if you could tell me when Waterways Ireland’s report and accounts for 2012 will be published.
4. I would be grateful if you could tell me when Waterways Ireland’s plan for 2014 and subsequent years is to be published and what public consultation there has been on it.
5. On 16 October 2013 Jimmy Deenihan said in the Dáil that WI’s
core activities and targets
keeping the waterways open for navigation during the main boating season.
I would be grateful if you could tell me whether that formulation represents any forthcoming change in WI’s practices in keeping waterways open outside the main boating season.