National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994

Payment to person finding archaeological object.

10.—(1) The Director may, following consultation with the Minister and the Minister for Finance and with their consent given in writing, pay to each or any of the following, namely, the person who has found an archaeological object, the owner of the land and the occupier of the land on or under which such object was found, a reward where the object is retained by the Director on behalf of the State.

(2) The payment of a reward under subsection (1) of this section shall not confer any rights in respect of an archaeological object on the person who has found the object or on the owner or occupier of the land on or under which the object was discovered.

(3) The Director shall take account of all or any of the following criteria in deciding whether or not to pay a reward under subsection (1) of this section, namely:

(a) the intrinsic value and the general historical and archaeological importance of the object found;

(b) the circumstances of the finding of the object;

(c) the amount of the rewards paid in the State in respect of the finding of other comparable archaeological objects.

(4) Nothing in this section shall impose an obligation on the Director to pay a reward unless he is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so.

(5) This section shall not apply to the finder of any archaeological object found while digging or excavating under, or in pursuance of, a licence issued under section 26 of the Principal Act.