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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.


  • Kieran O’ Donnell T.D.

    Kieran O’ Donnell T.D.

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

    Kieran O’Donnell TD is the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, appointed in April 2024.

    Minister O’Donnell is the Fine Gael TD for Limerick City Constituency. First elected in May 2007, he was re-elected in 2011 and 2020. He served as Minister of State for Local Government and Planning at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage from December 2022 to April 2024.

    He has served as:

    – Chairperson of the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee
    – Vice-Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)
    – member of the Banking Inquiry
    – member of the Oireachtas Finance and Budgetary Affairs Committees
    – spokesperson on Finance for Fine Gael.

    He was elected to the Seanad in 2016. Prior to his entry into national politics, he was elected to Limerick County Council in 2004.

    Minister O’Donnell is a Chartered Accountant, with many years of experience with his own practice and is a business studies degree graduate from the University of Limerick (UL).

Senior management

  • John Conlon

    John Conlon


  • 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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