So says The Irish Times thereby treating as news what has long been blindingly obvious to all.
Still, the article highlights some successes and at least acknowledges a change in approach would be beneficial – for the country itself, not just its heritage:
“Progress has been made in developing and promoting a number of particularly important sites, such as Céide Fields, the Boyne Valley, Clonmacnoise and Glendalough, where the Office of Public Works provides interpretative centres.
Many hundreds of other sites are marked, however, by a black 1950s-style plaque with a harp on it, declaring the structure to be a national monument and warning against vandalism. The importance of the site and its local relevance is rarely mentioned. In today’s world of near-instant communications, such an approach is no longer acceptable.”