Roof Thatching is an age-old craft which does bump along the edge of a precipice, at times. To thrive it needs a bit of help now and again.
There are plenty of folks whom may want to live under a thatched roof, but there are some hoops that need to be jumped through to make this a reality; Insurance being one, with the cost and, increasingly, the difficulty in obtaining said insurance.
If the craft (I was tempted to use the word ‘Industry’, a misnomer in Ireland for sure) was supported more in this way there would be a revival in the prospects for the survival of thatch roofed buildings.
There are a lot of taxpayer funds pushed towards all sorts of causes. If the government would underwrite the insurance on thatch roofed buildings, or, preferably, a non-profit entity funded by donations, with top-ups from the Tourism, Heritage and Rural budgets, then this could make for a situation where everybody wins.
I’ll leave this here, for now.