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31/01/19 Have your say on the new National Heritage Plan

Heritage Plan

Pictured in the Custom House, Dublin at the launch of the public consultation process for Heritage Ireland 2030, Ireland’s new National Heritage Plan, are (from left to right): Ciara Carberry (Assistant Principal, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht), Joseph Gallagher (Heritage Officer, Donegal County Council), Shirley Clerkin (Heritage Officer, Monaghan County Council & Chairperson, Local Authority Heritage Officer Network) & Michael Mac Donagh (Chief Archaeologist, National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht). Photo:  Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.


What actions would you like to see included in the new National Heritage Plan? 

The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht wants to hear your views by Thursday, February 28 by on-line survey, e-mail or post. 
In order to assist communities and individuals in preparing submissions to the new National Heritage Plan, Donegal County Council will be holding two public information events:

Heritage Ireland 2030 Information Breakfast in the Radisson Hotel, Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny on Tuesday, February 12 at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.).  Advance booking required through Donegal County Museum on (074) 912 4613 or by e-mail at [email protected].  A light breakfast will be served. 

and on Tuesday afternoon, February 12, there will be a Heritage Ireland 2030 Drop-In Information Session in the Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  No advance booking required. 


“Heritage Ireland 2030 is the government’s new National Heritage Plan and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht wants to hear your views,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.  “It’s important that all heritage groups, community groups and individuals interested in built, cultural or natural heritage make submissions to the new National Heritage Plan.  Heritage Ireland 2030 will direct heritage priorities, resources and funding for the next decade in Ireland.  The last National Heritage Plan was launched in 2002. 

County Donegal has a very active heritage sector with over 250 heritage groups and community groups with a heritage remit in the county and many individuals actively involved in the preservation, conservation and promotion of our heritage.  It’s very important that County Donegal’s heritage voices are heard as part of this national consultation process.  The information sessions on Tuesday, February 12 will provide advice to people who would like to make a submission.  The Culture Team in Donegal County Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum will also be making submissions on behalf of Donegal County Council.”


Under the Heritage Act (1995), heritage is defined as comprising archaeological objects, architectural heritage, fauna, flora, geology, heritage gardens/parks, heritage objects, inland waterways, landscapes, monuments, seascapes, wildlife habitats and shipwrecks. 

In its public consultation document, the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht states that “Most people’s primary experience of heritage is as part of daily life in their local communities.  Heritage Ireland 2030 will support local communities in caring for their heritage.  It will underpin the increasingly important role that local authorities play in protecting and managing heritage for the enjoyment and benefit of all, providing a framework and context for local heritage plans.” 

The vision for the new National Heritage Plan is that Ireland’s heritage is valued, enjoyed and protected for future generations.  The public consultation is arranged under three themes: (i) National Leadership & Heritage, (ii) Heritage Partnerships and (iii) Communities & Heritage.  The Department proposes to draw up an action plan under each of these themes based on the submissions received.   


“Our heritage is a shared responsibility and a shared treasure,” said Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.  “We need to work together at national, local and community level to care for it and to unlock its future potential. So I invite you to play your part in shaping the future of our heritage and have your say during this consultation period.” 


You can make your submission by on-line survey at,


by e-mail to [email protected],


or by post to Heritage Ireland 2030, Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6XO

no later than Thursday, February 28. 


If anyone would like advice regarding preparing a submission, please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office on (074) 917 2576.


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