The medieval fireplace, to which the Deputy refers, is protected under the provisions of the National Monuments Acts 1930-94. It is situated to the rear of Number 37 Nicholas Street, Limerick, which was registered as an historic monument on 6 July 1994. Any person wishing to carry out any works in relation to a registered historic monument must give me two months notice in writing.
I understand that Limerick Corporation owns and intends to develop the site. Officials of Dúchas, the heritage service of my Department, met Limerick Corporation officials some time ago to discuss the development and the protection of the archaeology of the site, which includes other features of archaeological interest apart from the fireplace. A preliminary report has been received but further analysis of the site will be required before Dúchas can offer detailed recommendations for the preservation of the archaeological features, including the medieval fireplace. In the meantime Dúchas is maintaining contact with Limerick Corporation in this matter.