Heritage Council Welcomes Increased Budget Funding

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The allocation of an additional €1 million for the Heritage Council in the 2017 Budget has been warmly welcomed by the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett.

The allocation of an additional €1 million for the Heritage Council in the 2017 Budget has been warmly welcomed by the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett.

He said that the extra resources would be devoted to expanding the Council’s regeneration programmes for rural towns and villages, as well as their programme for upland area partnerships throughout the country.

“I want to express my thanks to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Heather Humphreys, and her officials, for securing this additional funding for the Heritage Council,  which represents an increase of 19% on our core allocation this year.

“I have already stated that the inclusion of Rural Development alongside Heritage within the Minister’s portfolio offers the opportunity for increased synergy across heritage and rural development, and this very welcome increase in funding can help to begin making this happen”.

Mr. Starrett added: “As well as beginning to re-invest in existing heritage networks, these additional resources will enable us to invest further in our Rural Towns and Villages programme to rejuvenate more of Ireland’s local communities. Our blueprint for doing this is the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN), which we established in 2005, and which now includes 28 member towns on the island. Our approach is to work with local communities and to empower them through funding, training and guidance.

“A further area where this additional resourcing can help is our plan to develop a series of Irish Uplands Partnerships based on the success of community initiatives we developed in the Wicklow Uplands, on Bere Island and in the Burren Region, and which involves bringing all the local stakeholders, including hill farmers, other residents and tourism and walking interests”.

Michael Starrett is available to comment further.

For further information, contact Michelle Tritschler, Tel . 086 3846630 or Stephen O’Byrnes, Tel. 087 8148720, at MKC Communications.