Treoir & Comhairle

Giving thought leadership and expert advice is a core part of the Heritage Council’s work.

All infrastructure developments impact on our national heritage. The Heritage Council has played a critical role providing expert policy advice to the Minister and has helped Ireland meet its international obligations across a wide range of areas since it was set up. 

Our policy advice has led to important developments for the long term benefit of Ireland’s heritage. The establishment of the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland grew out of policy advice developed by the Heritage Council. Our ongoing work on agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy has ensured a shift in benefits for those farming for nature conservation as well as investments in traditional farm buildings, care for archaeological monuments and developing additional skills for farmers in conservation. 

In recent years the Heritage Council has used its policy advice function to assist government in its policy formulation in a wide range of areas. 

The Heritage Council’s reports on On-shore Wind Farm Sector in Ireland: Planning in Harmony with Heritage 2015, Landscape Character Assessment in Ireland: A Baseline Audit and Evaluation 2006 and a Review of the Pilot Upper Shannon Tax Incentive Scheme submitted to the Department in 2005 provide important, independent advice on changing land use and its impact on the national heritage.