Heritage Council welcomes appointment of a dedicated Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage

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The Heritage Council has welcomed the appointment of a Minister of State for Heritage. Under the newly-formed Government, the heritage brief will fall under the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Speaking on the appointment of Malcolm Noonan TD of the Green Party as the Minister of State with responsibility for Heritage, the Chairman of the Heritage Council, Michael Parsons, said: “The decision by the Government to create a dedicated junior ministerial post to manage the heritage brief is very welcome. Heritage has often suffered by being tagged to various portfolios. Having a dedicated junior ministry is recognition of the importance that heritage has in the lives of every citizen, as well as the contribution it can make to tourism, economic recovery and, importantly, the future of our country and our planet.”

Also commenting, the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said: “In recent weeks, the Heritage Council has consulted with the heritage sector and presented government officials with some insights on how the heritage sector has coped during the lockdown. Heritage supports vital jobs, throughout communities, as well as playing a critical role in supporting our collective wellbeing. We believe this is the first time heritage has been assigned a dedicated junior minister and we very much look forward to working with Minister of State Noonan – and indeed with Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien - on promoting the value that heritage can have in COVID-recovery.”

“It is especially welcome that Minister of State is from Kilkenny, home to the headquarters of the Heritage Council, and he is well-appraised of the value that heritage plays in the economy and social infrastructure of Kilkenny city and county,” she added.

Pic Malcolm Noonan, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.