Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the government to abandon its plans to merge the National Library, the National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission.
Teachta Adams warned that “this merger coupled with the Department of Arts reiteration of the need for “necessary structural reform” will have profound and damaging implications for these three institutions.
The Sinn Féin leader said that the arts and culture can make a significant contribution to reshaping society on this island and urged Minister Deenihan “to join with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the north Caral Ní Chuilin in discussing an all-Ireland strategy to use the arts and culture in the promotion of integration and understanding and national reconciliation. But to do this in a real and meaningful way, the Minister must preserve the independence of the various institutions and honour his party’s commitment to the arm’s length principle.
“It is imperative that we preserve and safeguard the nation’s past. In the final analysis, the language of protection, preservation, imagination and creativity must replace the state centred language of structural reform and bureaucratic control.”