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Humphreys in hiding over National Museum controversy – Tóibín

10 February, 2017

Sinn Féin TD and chair of the Committee for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Peadar Tóibín has said that it’s inexcusable that very grave concerns over employee wellbeing at the National Museum were not effectively dealt with by the Department for so long.

An Teachta Tóibín received a copy of a survey on employee wellbeing in the institution through an FOI request. He raised the issue with Minister Heather Humphreys in the Dáil last week who effectively denied any responsibility for the running of the cultural institution.  

An Teachta Tóibín said:

“Having received a copy of the ‘The Work Positive Profile Management Report’ through a FOI request in recent days, I questioned Minister Humphreys in the Dáil over its shocking findings of abnormally low staff morale, as well as additional allegations of bullying and sexual misconduct within the museum.

“Though Minister Humphreys was quick to deflect any responsibility for the running of the museum – surely the buck stops with her? And quite literally too – with the hundreds and thousands of euro that have been spent on consultants, counsellors, reports as well as High Court settlements. This is a workers rights issue and cannot be so readily dismissed by the Minister who is ultimately accountable.

“The National Museum is a cultural institution which is integral to our identity and self-understanding. There are very dedicated team of people working there and I appreciate that the new chair of the board of directors is doing her utmost to rectify the situation. However, I am concerned that the Minister’s continued inaction and denial of responsibility on the matter will have made a grave impact on the positive development of the museum, one of state’s greatest cultural assets.” 

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