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Allegations of sexual harassment at National Museum must be taken seriously - Peadar Tóibín TD

12 November, 2017 - by Peadar Tóibín TD


Sinn Féin Culture spokesperson Peadar Tóibín TD has said Minister Heather Humphreys has failed to act decisively and comprehensively on allegations of sexual harassment and bullying at the National Museum.

Teachta Tóibín said at each and every occasion when he raised this issue over the last year and a half the Minister has tried to shut down the issue.

Speaking today Teachta Tóibín said;

“This is an issue that I have been trying to raise over the past year and a half and I have raised it through questions, in the Dáil, in Committee and in the media and at each point the Minister has failed to act.

“Each and every time I raise this issue the Minister’s instinct is to shut it down.  She has failed to act decisively and comprehensively on these allegations when she could have got to grips with the issue or at least got a handle on it before it hit the headlines.

“Now that it has hit the headlines, I hope that at the very least the Minister will agree to include the National Museum, along with all other cultural institutions, in the review that she has committed to initiate into similar allegations in the theatres.

“She should stop preventing an investigation into these allegations and begin the process of empowering those who want to come forward and tell their story.”

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