Monument Protection

Reporting possible damage or a threat to a Monument

Monument Protection

Protection which applies to Recorded and Registered Monuments

Protection which applies to National Monuments

Reporting possible damage or threat to a Monument

The National Monuments Service is reliant on landowners and the general public in fulfilling its role in the protection and preservation of our archaeological heritage and the assistance of the public is gratefully appreciated.

If you wish to report possible damage to a monument please contact the National Monuments Service by phoning 01 8882000 or e-mailing nationalmonuments@ahg.gov.ie as soon as possible.

Monument Protection

At present, a monument is protected in one of four ways: –

  • It is registered in the Register of Historic Monuments (RHM).
  • It is a national monument subject to a preservation order (or temporary preservation order).
  • It is a national monument in the ownership or guardianship of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht or a Local Authority.

Different levels of protection apply to a monument depending on which of the four categories it falls under.  Anyone proposing to carry out work at or in relation or in proximity to a monument should be aware of the following:

Protection which applies to Monuments on the Record of Monuments and Places and Register of Historic Monuments

The Record of Monuments and Places (RMP) is the most widely applying provision of the National Monuments Acts. It comprises a list of recorded monuments and places and accompanying maps on which such monuments and places are shown for each county. It can be consulted in county libraries and main local authority offices and an electronic copy may be accessed here. The National Monuments Service of the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will advise on the protection applying to any particular monument or place under the National Monuments Acts by reason of it being entered in the Record of Monuments and Places and should be consulted if there is any doubt as to the status of the site.

Examination of information available at our Archaeological Survey Database can be of assistance in checking whether a graveyard/monument is likely to be subject to legal protection under the National Monuments Acts, but is not conclusive. Accordingly, it is the printed lists and maps as referred to above which must be relied on.  If you are in any doubt regarding the existence of a monument on your property or the level of protection which applies to the monument please contact the National Monuments Service.

When the owner or occupier of a property, or any other person proposes to carry out, or to cause, or to permit the carrying out of any work at or in relation to a Recorded Monument or a Registered  Monument they are required to give notice in writing to the Minister 2 months before commencing that work. This is to allow the National Monuments Service time consider the proposed works and how best to proceed to further the protection of the monument.

Any notification of works at or in relation to a Recorded or Registered Monument should be given using this form - Ministerial Notification - Works at/near Monument - and forwarded to nationalmonuments@ahg.gov.ie marked "Notification under the National Monuments Acts 1930-2004".

Protection which applies to National Monuments

For national monuments in the ownership or guardianship of the Minister or a Local Authority or which are subject to a preservation order or temporary preservation order, the prior written consent of the Minister is required for any works at or in proximity to the monument.

Lists of national monuments in the Minister’s ownership or guardianship (by county) can be accessed here.  A list is also available of national monuments subject to Preservation Orders.  It should be noted that these lists may not be exhaustive and if you have any doubt as to the status of a particular monument, you should contact the National Monuments Service.  For a list of national monuments in the ownership of individual local authorities please contact the relevant local authority.

Applications for Ministerial Consent should be made using this form - NMS 5-06 Consent Application Form 149KB and returned to:

The Director
National Monuments Service
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Custom House
Dublin 1
 

Full details of location, ownership and works proposed should be provided.  Please see publications for additional advice.

Breach of these requirements is an offence. It is also an offence under the National Monuments Acts to dig or excavate anywhere for the purpose of uncovering archaeological features without or otherwise than in accordance with a licence issued by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.