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Heritage Ireland

The OPW’s Heritage Services include National Historic Properties, which is responsible for some 30 key historic sites, and the National Monuments Service, which focuses on the 750 National Monuments in State care. Our governance structure comprises of a board which reports to the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for the OPW at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

We are fortunate to have many highly skilled and experienced staff, who remain devoted to protecting and assisting in the interpretation of our heritage sites. We also believe in the value of cooperating with other agencies, museums and private institutions and actively seek out opportunities to work together and build networks of professional support.


  • Patrick O'Donovan

    Patrick O'Donovan

    Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Minister of State with responsibility for the Gaeltacht

    Patrick O’Donovan is Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works; and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht.

    He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with Special Responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment, a role to which he was appointed in June 2017. Prior to this, he was Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, from 2016 to 2017.

    He was elected to Dáil Éireann in 2011 for the Limerick County Constituency, and prior to his election to the Dáil, served as a member of Limerick County Council from 2003-2011.

    You can contact Mr O’Donovan at

Senior management

  • Maurice Buckley

    Maurice Buckley


  • Robert Mooney (Commissioner)

    Robert Mooney (Commissioner)

    Head of Planning and Climate Adaptation

    Responsibility for Flood Risk Management (Policy), Estate Planning, Quantity Surveying and Climate Adaptation

  • Ciarán O'Connor (Commissioner)

    Ciarán O'Connor (Commissioner)

    State/Principal Architect

    Responsibility for Major Projects, Brexit Unit and Civil and Structural Engineering.

  • Jim Casey

    Jim Casey

    Head of Flood Risk Management

    Responsibility for Flood Risk Assessment/Management, Flood Project Management and Arterial Drainage Maintenance.

  • Rosemary Collier

    Rosemary Collier

    Head of Heritage Services and Capital Works Delivery

    Responsibility for National Historic Properties, National Monuments, Conservation, Intermediate Projects (Capital Works Delivery), Event Management and Cultural Institutions Programme Delivery.

  • Pat Fitzsimons

    Pat Fitzsimons

    Acting Head of Corporate Services

    Responsibility for Corporate Services and the new Client Services and Communications function within the Office of Public Works

  • Cathleen Morrison

    Cathleen Morrison

    Head of Estate Management

    Responsibility for Property Management (Accommodation, Portfolio Planning and Owned Estate), Property Maintenance and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

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