What is a National Monument in State care?

National monuments in State care include those which are in the ownership or guardianship of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Section 5 of the National Monuments Act (1930) allows owners of other national monuments to appoint the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht or the relevant local authority as guardian of such monuments, subject to their consent. This means in effect that while the property of such a monument remains vested in the owner, its maintenance and upkeep are the responsibility of the State.