One of the Department’s key goals is to promote North South co-operation, particularly in the context of An Foras Teanga and Waterways Ireland. Our objectives in this area are to support the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and enhance North/South cooperation across the range of activities under the Department’s remit.
The Department is particularly engaged in support for the North-South Ministerial Council (NSMC) in its Language and Waterways sectors, given its role in co-funding and supporting An Foras Teanga and Waterways Ireland. The Department remains committed to exploring ways of increasing the level of North/South co-operation across the full range of its activities and to broadening contact with all relevant organisations and groups in Northern Ireland. Areas of active co-operation currently include commemorations, arts, culture, music, and film in addition to the built and natural heritage.
Further information on the two North-South Implementation Bodies and on the legislation underpinning their activities, is available by using the links to the left of this page.