AQW 43121/11-15

Mr Phil Flanagan
Sinn Féin
Fermanagh and South Tyrone

Tabled Date: 03/03/2015
Answered On Date: 23/03/2015
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given that the report arising from the internal inquiry into the difficulties protecting Drumclay Crannog was passed to his predecessor on 23 October 2013 and given his predecessor’s commitment to distribute copies of this review to the Minister for Regional Development, the Committee for the Environment, the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure and elected representatives for this area, when this distribution will take place.

The report in question did not arise from an internal inquiry. Rather, the previous Minister for the Environment commissioned Professor Gabriel Cooney, to provide an objective “Review of the context of the excavation of a crannog in Drumclay townland, County Fermanagh, on the route of the Cherrymount Link Road”.
A copy of the full report was circulated, in confidence, to the Minister for Regional Development, and to the Chairs of the Environment and the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committees, in September 2014. I want to enable a wider circulation of the key findings and recommendations of the report. In order to achieve this, my officials have liaised with Professor Cooney about the preparation of an executive summary/key findings document. Work continues in this regard, and a date for receipt of such a document is currently being agreed. I will ensure you and other elected representatives are provided with a copy of it when it is finalised.