Information Session on Heritage Ireland 2030, new National Heritage Plan, held in Dublin Castle

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, will today, Tuesday 28 May, attend an Information Session on the new National Heritage Plan, Heritage Ireland 2030, in Dublin Castle and thank all those who made submissions to the recent public consultation.

Over 70 public workshops were held across the country and more than 2000 organisations and individuals made submissions on what heritage means to them.

The unprecedented level of response and engagement, which was very large in terms of public consultations, led to the consultation period being extended by one month.

The event is live-streamed on the Department’s Facebook page and website to accommodate those who cannot join on the day

The event offers an opportunity to take stock of what the Heritage Ireland 2030 process has revealed to date and to detail some of the initial findings from the consultation and the next steps.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is continuing its analysis of the submissions, laying the foundations for what will become the overarching policy for Ireland’s built and natural heritage for years to come.

Minister Josepha Madigan TD said:

“We are hugely encouraged by the enormous level of interest and support for our built and natural heritage shown during the consultation process.

We are genuinely inspired by the depth of interest and care in our heritage shown by so many during the consultation and by the range of suggestions as to how we can and must do more’.

‘In terms of our public heritage estate, our historic buildings and national monuments, I want to acknowledge the Office of Public Works, our principal partners in Government on the management and conservation of this estate, for their critical contribution and for assisting us with today’s event’

‘I want to also thank the Heritage Council and local authority heritage networks and our many other heritage partners for their fantastic assistance and expertise throughout the consultation process’.

She  added:

“I am very grateful to the thousands of individuals, NGOs, heritage organisations and community groups who made submissions and I want to assure you all that we are listening to you.’

‘The calls for more support for heritage are clear in the submissions and these will be reflected in the new Heritage Plan as actions to identify and secure new funding mechanisms. The need to address the heritage impacts, the loss of biodiversity and the erosion of our heritage in general are also very strong and our new Heritage Plan will identify actions to address these. We also are hearing the very strong call for support for education and youth engagement with heritage and this will be reflected in Heritage Ireland 2030 in a dedicated section’

“I look forward to meeting many of those who have been contributing to our plan at the event and I would encourage anyone who has been unable to join us on the day to take part through the live stream which will be available to view on our Department’s Facebook page and website.”

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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