The 70 full-time jobs that will be sustained through an overall programme expenditure of about €3.5 million by the Council including the ongoing work by the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford, in traditional skills and specialist conservation work, the Heritage Officer Network in 28 counties, and a number of conservation internships in partnership with other cultural institutions.

Other vital programmes operated by the Heritage Council which will continue this year include the Irish Walled Towns Network, the Museum Standards Programme, the Discovery Programme, the Bere Island Project, the Irish Landmark Trust, the Wicklow Uplands Council, Burren Beo and the Woodlands of Ireland.

The catalytic role of the Heritage Council, in triggering and supporting positive change, is something our staff and our company benefits from, and that we wish to recognise.