Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

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Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Department overview
Formed 8 July 1977
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD30
53°20′24″N 6°15′21″W / 53.34000°N 6.25583°W / 53.34000; -6.25583
Minister responsible
Department executive

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Irish: An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnacha, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta) is a department of the Government of Ireland. The mission of the department is to contribute to the economic, social and cultural progress of Irish society and the enrichment of its quality of life through promoting sustainable tourism; encouraging excellence in artistic achievement; facilitating greater access to the arts; and preservation of Ireland's cultural inheritance. It is led by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

Departmental team[edit]

The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are at 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The department also has offices in South Frederick Street in Dublin and in New Road, Killarney, County Kerry. The departmental team consists of the following:


In carrying out its mandate the department undertakes a variety of functions including:

  • formulation, development and evaluation of policy and structures to promote and foster the practice and appreciation of the creative and interpretative arts and to encourage the development of the Irish film industry
  • enabling the national cultural institutions to preserve and protect Ireland's moveable heritage and cultural assets,
  • protecting the archaeological heritage and maintaining the Archaeological Survey of Ireland,
  • maintaining the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and recommending the protection of buildings of at least regional significance, and
  • creating an environment enabling the National Cultural Institutions to flourish through the provision of financial resources and an appropriate policy framework.

The Department is responsible for funding important Irish cultural institutions like

and organisations such as:


The Minister for Economic Planning and Development was created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1977. The title was renamed Minister for Energy by order in 1980 and again in 1993 the title changed to Minister for Tourism and Trade. Several more title changes occurred, the current title was created on 6 May 2016.

The following changes of name had corresponding to changes of function, such that the notionally continuous department has no practical identity with the earlier stages of its incarnation; it gradually acquired its current competences from other Departments of State, and lost its former competences to them.

  • Department of the Gaeltacht (1956–1993)
  • Department of Economic Planning and Development (1977–1980)
  • Department of Energy (1980–1981)
  • Department of Industry and Energy (1981–1983)
  • Department of Energy (1983–1993)
  • Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (1993–1997)
  • Department of Tourism and Trade (1993–1997)
  • Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (1997–2002)
  • Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation (1997–2002)
  • Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism (2002–2010)
  • Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2002–2010)
  • Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (2010–2011)
  • Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport (2010–2011)
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (2011–2016)[1]
  • Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (2016–present)[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collins, Stephen (10 March 2016). "Momentous day for 31st Dáil as Kenny elected Taoiseach". Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Simon Harris moves to Health as new Cabinet announced". Irish Times. Dublin. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 

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