Strategic Public/Private Partnerships hailed as approach to preserving and developing our natural, built and cultural heritage sites

 

The Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, has welcomed the use of strategic partnerships between the public and private sector as an important means to greater protect, develop and manage Ireland’s natural, built and cultural heritage.

Concluding a three day visit to County Mayo today, that included tours of Wild Nephin National Park, the historic Enniscoe estate on the shores of Lough Conn and other sites, the Minister officially participated in the signing of an agreements between Coillte, Mayo County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to further protect and develop over 550 acres of historic estates at Moorehall, Towerhill, Clonee and Derrinrush as a strategically important Nature Reserve and cultural heritage attraction.

The partnership will also allow the organisations to pursue greater funding opportunities to restore biodiverse habitats and support the restoration of the area’s built heritage in line with conservation objectives.