Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, TD has revealed that the threat to the future of the Heritage Council has been removed. Following a Government decision, the Heritage Council has been saved and its Headquarters will remain in Kilkenny.
“The Government fully recognises the value of the great work which the Heritage Council performs especially at local level throughout the country,” Minister Hogan said. “I look forward to the Council continuing with that valuable work and to developing its role within the new public sector frame work. Our heritage, especially here in Kilkenny, is of enormous value and makes a vital contribution to our social, environmental and economic well-being.”
Mayor Sean O’hArgain said that it was a good day for Kilkenny city, explaining that the Heritage Council had brought great pride and status to the medieval city.