Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
460. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her role and procedure in making a preservation order on a historical site and area; and if she will consider the need for legislation allowing her the power to designate a site, area or building as a national monument. [37157/16]
Section 8 of the National Monuments Act 1930 (as amended) provides for the making of a preservation order where it appears to the Minister that a monument which, in her/his opinion is a national monument, is in danger of being or is actually being destroyed, injured or removed, or is falling into decay due to neglect. The expressions “monument” and “national monument” are also both defined in the Act.
The drafting of a Bill to revise, consolidate and update the current national monuments legislative code is at an advanced stage. It is intended that the Bill will provide for the establishment of a Register of Monuments, which will identify national monuments in accordance with clear criteria that would also be set out in the legislation.