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Reports of entry fees and service cuts for National Museum of Ireland alarming - McLellan

31 October, 2014

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage, Sandra McLellan TD, has today expressed her serious concern regarding reports that the National Museum of Ireland is considering cutting its services and introducing fees to make up for the massive cuts imposed on the institution since 2008.

Deputy McLellan said:

“Reports that The National Museum of Ireland is considering closing some of its sites from January or introducing entry charges to deal with its funding crisis are alarming.

“This is an invaluable educational and historical resource that is pivotal to attracting tourists to Ireland.

“We cannot risk making these institutions less accessible. We should be proud of the fact that important historical and cultural artefacts and exhibitions are available free to the public.

 “The introduction of fees would be a retrograde step that would restrict access for citizens and tourists alike.

“The museum, which received €11.3million in 2015, has had a 40% reduction in its budget since 2008.

“I fail to see how any organisation could be expected to continue providing the same level of services with such a massive decrease in funding.

“Does this government have no respect for the importance of The National Museum and its position in society as culturally, artistically and historically rich as our own?

“I am calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to immediately begin addressing this issue by ensuring that the necessary funding and resources are made available without delay.

“As we lead into the 1916 Centenary, the government must begin taking our history and culture more seriously and reverse the disgraceful cuts made to institutions of vital importance.”

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