Fianna Fáil Party Whip and Spokesperson on Arts and Culture Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said he is very concerned by the budget crisis at the National Museum of Ireland.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl is calling on the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht to make a statement the Dáil next week on what measures are being taken to provide financial stability at the museum.

Deputy Ó Fearghaíl commented today: “I am very concerned about reports of instability and serious funding issues facing the National Museum.  The 40% reduction in its budget to operate the country’s four major museums at Kildare Street, Merrion Street, Collins Barracks and the Museum of Country Life in Mayo has clearly had a major impact on its financial position.  The suggestions that have been reported in the media that the introduction of admission charges or curtailment of opening hours may have to be looked is not something the Government should allow in my view.

“The National Museum of Ireland is an integral part of our tourism and cultural facilities available in the city and should be adequately funded and supported by central government funding.  I will be asking Minister Heather Humphreys to come before the Dáil next week to update the House on the current financial position of the NMI and to detail what engagement she and her department are undertaking to bring about certainty and stability in its funding.”