Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has launched the public consultation process on the new heritage plan for Ireland, Heritage Ireland 2030, a key commitment in the Programme for Partnership Government. The consultation process is open to the opinions of Kilkenny people on the future of the country's heritage.
Minister Madigan said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the public consultation on Heritage Ireland 2030 - an ambitious new national heritage plan for Ireland. The natural and built heritage around us enriches our lives, inspires our achievements and gives life to our communities. It underpins our culture, our economy and our society.
“Our vision for heritage is a simple one - that heritage is valued and protected. Heritage Ireland 2030 will be built around that vision: that the way in which we identify and protect our heritage is the best it can be.”
Heritage Ireland 2030 – which will be based around three themes of national leadership; supporting stronger heritage partnerships; and building community and local involvement in heritage – will guide the Government’s heritage priorities and investment over the next decade and beyond, including the €285m commitment to heritage in the Department’s 10 year investment plan Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027, which was launched in April 2018.
At the launch event in the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square, Minister Madigan urged all to have their say in shaping heritage priorities for the decade to come: “Our heritage is a shared responsibility and a shared treasure. 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”.