Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Brian Walsh (Galway West, Fine Gael)
Question 406: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress made in relation to plans to merge the National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission with the National Library; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9677/12]
Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
As the Deputy will be aware, in November 2011 the Government announced a number of amalgamations and mergers of bodies that come within the ambit of my Department. Details of these can be accessed on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at www.per.gov.ie. Clearly, the amalgamation and merger of these bodies, including consolidation of boards, raises complex issues, which my Department is currently examining. A Departmental Reform Committee was established recently, and is liaising with the relevant bodies, including the National Archives, the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the National Library, in order to implement the Government’s Decision in this regard as effectively and efficiently as possible. I expect to be reverting to Government on progress made in relation to this process by June of this year.