Ireland is home to a wide variety of buildings protected due to their architectural, historical, archaeological and cultural importance.
Despite the legal protections in place, there are concerns that many protected buildings are not being properly maintained, leaving many vulnerable to neglect, dereliction or arson and facing the prospect of being delisted and opened up to development.
It is the responsibility of local authorities to draw up a list of protected buildings in their area, with any future changes controlled and managed through the planning system. There are also many historic buildings in public ownership under the stewardship of State authorities.
Owners or occupiers of protected buildings are legally required to make sure that it does not become endangered through neglect, decay, damage or harm.
HELP US INVESTIGATE
We want to examine how robustly local authorities are enforcing laws to ensure protected buildings are maintained. As part of this, we will identify the scale of buildings being delisted and why.
For the past five years, heritage body An Taisce has released a list of the Top 10 protected buildings most at risk of falling into a state of complete disrepair. We want to find out what authorities are doing to improve the situation of the buildings consistently on this list.
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