Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Changes needed to protect our heritage

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The Environment and Heritage Service has again plumbed the depths of incompetence, and worse. Sit at your computer and go to this website, www.ehsni.gov.uk/ehod_fermanagh .

The 'ehod' part stands for European Heritage Open Days. Up comes the selection of sites in Fermanagh that EHS has chosen for the public to visit this Saturday and Sunday. One of the sites is Mountdrum archaeological site, which I discovered in 1991.

But take a look at the introductory photo at the top left of the page. Under the caption 'Fermanagh' is a photo evidently of the long-gone railway station at Blacklion. It shows a sign announcing Blacklion, contained within a lamp on a post. So?

Blacklion is not in Fermanagh. It is in Co Cavan, which is in another country. An innocent blunder, you may say.

Well, Built Heritage, EHS, (DOENI) is at the centre of many outright disasters.

The recent report by the Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland has recommended to the Minister for the Environment that the discredited EHS should be abolished and that all Built Heritage functions, "including archaeology", should be transferred to a new Environmental Protection Agency.

The Minister, Arlene Foster, must put this into effect immediately, before EHS can preside over any further destruction of our prehistoric heritage.

Frederic Carroll, Enniskillen

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