National Monuments Service

The National Monuments Service advises the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on legislative and policy issues relating to the archaeological heritage and has responsibility for:

  • The archaeological management of the National Monuments in State care (the conservation and provision of visitor services at these monuments is the responsibility of the Office of Public Works).
  • The maintenance of the statutory Record of Monuments and Places under section 12 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1994
  • The maintenance of a national baseline database of known archaeological sites and monuments (the Sites and Monuments Record) which is available on the Monument Map Viewer
  • The implementation of legislation in relation to the protection of sites and monuments (including historic wrecks that are over 100 years old).
  • The regulation of archaeological excavations, the use of detection devices for archaeological purposes and diving on historic wrecks and other underwater archaeological sites.
  • The provision of advice to planning and other consent authorities on development proposals which might have an impact on archaeology.
  • The provision of archaeological advice to a wide range of groups and individuals.

For further information on the National Monuments Service, including guidelines, publications, licence application forms and the Monument Map Viewer, please visit the dedicated National Monuments Service website.

If you require further information on any of the topics above please contact us at:

Email: nationalmonuments@chg.gov.ie
Phone: 01-8882169 / 01-8882178
Web: www.archaeology.ie

National Monuments Service
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Room G50
Custom House
Dublin 1
D01 W6X0



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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