22/05/15

22/05/2015: Minister Humphreys announces new grant scheme for archaeological research on World Heritage Sites

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday) announced she is providing €13,000 to the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) for archaeological research on existing World Heritage Sites and sites on Ireland’s Tentative List for future World Heritage accreditation by UNESCO.

The allocation will be used to fund a new grants scheme for archaeologists and will be administered by the RIA’s Standing Committee for Archaeology.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“UNSECO World Heritage Sites are deemed to have special cultural significance, and of course the UNSECO accreditation can greatly help to boost tourism. I am providing this small funding allocation to support research on our existing World Heritage Sites and the sites on Ireland’s Tentative List for future World Heritage accreditation by UNESCO.

“The new research grant will help in the management of the archaeology within the core areas of these internationally important sites and to maintain and, where possible, enhance their Outstanding Universal Value.

“As part of the finished survey work, a catalogue of sites will be provided to the National Monuments Service in my Department. This will allow the NMS to update their records and to extend the protections of the National Monuments Acts to any new finds.

“I hope this grant will make it easier to produce the research needed to help Ireland’s bid to add more sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage list and to retain the status of our existing World Heritage sites.”

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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