In 2012 the Heritage Council was in a position to allocate €1.4 million to 273 public projects across Ireland supporting jobs and improving the quality of our tourism product now and for the long term. Regrettably, due to additional budget cuts from the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht for 2013, the Heritage Council will not be in a position to advertise grants for the coming year. This is the first time since the Heritage Council was established in 1997 that it will be unable to allocate funding for the wider heritage sector and we will be working to see that this situation is reversed for 2014.
Core aspects of our national heritage infrastructure, including the Heritage Officer Programme, the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN), the Irish Landmark Trust, and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) will continue to receive some level of support. Funding for the 2012/13 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme, which is funded by the Dept. of Argiculture, Food & the Marine will not been affected.
The Council had conducted a strenuous and successful campaign to ensure its own survival, as I noted back in November.