This Strategic Plan will guide and direct the work of the Board and staff during 2012–2016. In particular, the Heritage Council realises the need to contribute to national recovery and to demonstrate how heritage can be a resource for social and economic development. A quality heritage supports employment, offers an outstanding educational resource, and supports heritage-based tourism.
Using the conservation plan methodology introduced into Ireland by the Heritage Council, the historical significance of all aspects of the building and site were documented. Based on a careful survey of its qualities, Consarc Architects drew up plans for the building’s re-use.
The Heritage Council, conscious of the rich tapestry of history that could be read in the buildings, was anxious to demonstrate that 'heritage' is a living thing, and that having a respectful attitude to heritage does not curtail creativity, or contemporary interventions.
Developed from its statutory functions, shared vision and core principles, it is proposed to place all Council’s work within the following five strategic themes. Each of the themes has a specific high-level target with policies and actions identified to achieve the target. These actions will form the essence of Council’s detailed work programme during the period 2007-2011. The five strategic themes are:
1: Raising Awareness and Appreciation 2:Heritage Research / Surveys, Analysis and Evaluation 3: Evidence-Based Policy Advice 4: Encourage the development of heritage infrastructure at national, regional, county and local level. 5: Best practice in Conservation and Sustainable Heritage Management