The new CEO for the Irish Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, will be contributing to the Government’s Heritage Plan 2030 and arguing with characteristic conviction for a budgetary uplift from the €285 million allocation for heritage by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of Project Ireland 2040.
“You have to choose which battles to fight. Now the profile of our heritage needs to be more prominent at a time of conflicting resources. After climate change, one of the biggest challenges facing us is to define our identity in a post-Brexit world and to endorse those partnerships already established through the valuing of our shared past.”
“That responsibility comes with understanding heritage as a patrimony told in the stories of our farms, our folk tales, our libraries and threatened hills and streetscapes. These layers of living must still be seen and cherished as the long narrative of who we are.”