The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs oversees the protection and presentation of Ireland’s heritage and cultural assets and promotes long-term sustainable economic and social progress across rural Ireland. Our goals are to promote and protect Ireland’s heritage and culture, to advance the use of the Irish language, to advance economic and social progress in rural Ireland, to support the sustainable development of the islands and to develop cultural tourism.
The Department funds a number of State Bodies and Agencies with responsibilities relating to various aspects of the Department’s remit and works with these bodies and agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to fulfilling the Department’s mandate.
The Department is also a co-sponsor, along with the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland, of two of the six cross-border implementation bodies established under the terms of the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999.
The Department has a gross voted allocation of almost €383m. in 2016. There are over 600 staff employed in the Department and 1,000 in the State Bodies operating under its aegis.
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