11/05/11

11.05.11 Minister Deenihan invites local people to have their say –Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Management Plan

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD has today (Wednesday 11th May, 2011) invited local people and other interested parties to have their say in the preparation of a new management plan for the famous World Heritage Site at Brú na Bóinne.

The first Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site Management Plan was published in December 2002. “That Plan set out the parameters for the management of the World Heritage property dealing with issues surrounding the protection, conservation, research, presentation and general management of the property”said the Minister.

Brú na Bóinne was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993. To be inscribed on this prestigious List the heritage property must demonstrate Outstanding Universal Value ie. the best example of a heritage property from an international perspective.

Minister Deenihan said that a Steering Committee comprising of representatives of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Office of Public Works, Louth and Meath County Councils, other bodies and the Group Representing Local Interests has been established.

Minister Deenihan went on to say “the new plan will update the strategy to conserve and manage the World Heritage Site. It will also address such matters as visitor management and public awareness, research, education, nature conservation, liaison with the local community and sustainable tourism. I encourage all interested parties to avail of this opportunity and engage in this process.”

A consultation paper and a draft framework document for the plan can be found on the World Heritage Ireland website www.worldheritageireland.ie

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on Friday 8 July 2011.

Copies of the documents referred to above can also be obtained by contacting Mr Ray Connell, Built Heritage and Architectural Policy Section, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Newtown Road, Wexford or telephone 053 9117388.

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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