DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, HERITAGE AND THE GAELTACHT
EHHF 2015 HERITAGE-LED REGENERATION AND CONSOLIDATION
Niall Ó Donnchú, MPhil, BSc (Econ), C(Dip) AF, is Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking areas) in Ireland.
He heads up the Heritage Division of the Department and has responsibility for policy on both the built and natural heritage. He was formerly Head of Arts, Culture and Film Policy at the Department of Arts and Heritage. Prior to that he was Head of E-Commerce and Telecommunications’ Policy at the Department of Communications and is also a former Head of Alternative and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. Niall Ó Donnchú is Board Member of the Governance Board of Science Gallery Ireland and of the energy poverty charity Energy Action . He is also a member of the external advisory board of the College of Art and Celtic Studies at University College Cork. Previously he has been a board member of Culture Ireland and of the National Concert Hall.
A little bit of history
A European Heritage Summit was first organized in London on 26–28 April 2006 by Dr. Simon Thurley, former Chief Executive Officer of English Heritage. The mission of the Summit was to gather for the first time the European cultural heritage leaders who had the opportunity to exchange their experience and initiate common actions. It was attended by 23 European states which agreed in the Final Statement to continue to meet annually as a forum of European heritage heads, known as the “European Heritage Heads Forum”. Future hosting countries are chosen by general agreement at the annual meeting.