You may be aware that the Department of  Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have recently launched a public consultation on the new heritage plan for Ireland – Heritage 2030. The aim of the plan is to guide the Government’s heritage priorities and investment over the next decade and beyond, this includes how the €285m commitment to heritage will be spent.

A public consultation means that you, yes – YOU! are being asked for your opinion.

As the IAR is a portal for archives we would like to encourage you to have your say on the funding of our written heritage.  Either as an archive user or as an archive professional you can only be all too aware of the chronic under funding of both local and national archives.

The public consultation is offering a fantastic opportunity to make our case for supporting what we care about.  We must be honest and explicit about what we really need from the financial investment promised in the next decade.  It has been advised that we use the option to email our concerns and issues as messaging directly will have more impact than the rather vague online survey that is provided.   The more voices submitted the better!

Please do take this opportunity to have your voice heard in this very positive initiative which will benefit our heritage for generations to come.  You have until February 28th to express your thoughts.

See here for the Heritage Ireland 2030 Consultation Document.

How to submit your feedback: 

Have your say by email (

Have your say online (survey monkey)

Have your say by post (Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6XO)


Natalie Milne, IAR Archivist

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