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Threatened closure of National Museum sites a damning indictment on Government – McLellan

5 December, 2014

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Arts and Heritage, Sandra McLellan, has strongly criticised Government cuts in funding for the National Museum of Ireland, which could potentially result in the closure of its four sites.

Deputy McLellan stated:

“I have long outlined my concerns over the cuts to the National Museum of Ireland. These four museums provide an invaluable resource, which showcase the wealth of Ireland’s cultural and artistic heritage, profiting Irish people and tourists alike.  

“These museums will now be forced to charge admission fees or else close. This is simply not good enough. These institutions are being made inaccessible and important cultural artefacts which should be in the gift of the nation are becoming increasingly out of reach.

“The National Museum of Ireland has had its budget slashed by 40% since 2008. It is clear that the government has no respect its importance, and for our cultural and historical legacy. This lack of respect is also evident from the Government’s treatment of Irish features of incredible and profound historic relevance, such as Moore Street.

“It has been said of the Government that their record on the arts has been the worst in the history of the state. It looks to me as though this record is being replicated yet again in historical and cultural terms.

“I have called on Minister Humphries before to address the issue at once and ensure that funding and resources necessary made available without delay. It is imperative that our history and culture are taken more seriously by this Government.”

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