The Dáil will debate and vote on Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion this week which seeks to protect the investment made in arts and culture in Ireland.
Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to publish a cost benefit analysis of proposed changes to the sector including any merges of the National Cultural Institutions.
Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage Robert Troy said: “There is serious concern in the Arts sector about proposals coming forward from Government on mergers and changes to governance structures. It is essential that any changes are fully debated and that representatives of the sector are involved. The Arts sector supports 79,000 jobs and is contributing almost €5bn to the economy, directly and indirectly.
“Fianna Fáil has a long record of supporting Irish arts and culture and delivered over €1.1 billion in investment for the sector between 2005 and 2010 alone. We are entering an extremely important time for the country with a series of landmark anniversary leading up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Fianna Fáil will be opposing any efforts to merge the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Crawford Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland; National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission; and the National Library and the National Museum.”