Paul Clarke has a 4-Point
Plan to Protect Ireland’s
Culture and Heritage

  1. Protect All Heritage Sites From Development. Paul supports legislation and regulations that protect Irish heritage sites against inappropriate development. The recent construction of the M3 Motorway through the Tara Skryne Valley stands as a prime example of the kinds of building or construction that should be prevented in order to maintain our rich historical sites and locations.
  2. Create Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Heritage Preservation. Paul supports working with key players in government and industry to find practical solutions to development and preservation issues that meet the needs of our growing economy while also respecting the pride Ireland’s people feel for our past. By working together, our nation can be an example to the rest of Europe of how cooperation can overcome conflict.
  3. Provide Appropriate Financial Support for Heritage Preservation Projects. Paul supports increasing public funds available for cultural preservation projects. In recent years, grant funding and other forms of financing for heritage sites has been woefully inadequate. By increasing the availability of public funding for these projects, and by creating an appropriate mechanism for sorting legitimate cultural claims from frivolous ones, Ireland’s government can make efficient use of public money to protect public interests.
  4. Create an Advanced Advertising Campaign to Attract Tourism to Ireland. Paul supports making use of Ireland’s public resources and redouble national efforts to attract tourism to Ireland’s cultural sites. Allocating sufficient funding and attracting visitors will generate the long-term sustainable growth of Irish tourism that contribute to the economy annually.
  5. Promote Irish Identity through National Legislation. Paul supports legislation and regulations that promote the use of Gaelic and other symbols of Irish national pride in commerce, education, and government. By giving traditional Irish culture a protected status, Irish identity may have a fighting chance.
  6. Create a National Dialogue Around What it Means to be Irish. Paul supports working with key players in government and community to find a means to generate a national discussion related to preserving and protecting Irish identity. Agreeing on what that identity should resemble is an important next step in the process.
  7. Collaborate with National Media Experts to Change the Irish Image at Home and Abroad. Paul supports creating a national media campaign that promotes a positive image of Ireland and Irish culture throughout the United Kingdom, in Europe and abroad. Meeting with editors and publishers who are in a position to control this image will be a key aspect of this work.


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Paul Clarke, Independent