Relevant Heritage Legislation

National and EU Legislation

Heritage and Planning
Planning and Development Acts 2000-2014
Heritage Acts 1995
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (Council Directive 85/337/EEC) 1985
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive (Council Directive 2001/42/EC)

Archaeological Heritage
National Monuments Acts 1930-2004
National Cultural Institutions Act 1997

Architectural Heritage
Planning and Development Acts 2000-2015
Architectural Heritage (National Inventory) and Historic Monuments (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1999

Planning and Development Acts 2000-2015

Museums and Archives
National Cultural Institutions Act 1997
Local Government Act 2001
National Archives Act 1988
Natural Heritage
Wildlife Act 1976
Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000
Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959
Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1999
Birds Directive (Council Directive 74/409/EEC) 1979
Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) 1992
Water Framework Directive (Council Directive 2000/60/EC) 2000
Freshwater Fish Directive (Council Directive 78/659/EC) 1978

International Conventions and Agreements which Ireland has signed and ratified


European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Valetta Convention)1997

European Convention on the Protection of the Archivist Heritage of Europe
(Granada Convention) 1997

Cultural and Natural Heritage

UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural
Heritage (ratified 1992)

Natural Heritage
Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 (ratified 1996)
European Landscape Convention 2000
Convention on the Conservation of the European Wildlife and Natural Habitats
(Berne Convention) 1979 (ratified 1982)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn
Convention) 1979 (ratified 1983)
Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) 1971
(ratified 1984)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) 1973

European Landscape Convention 2000 (ratified 2002)

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