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Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht

National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Bill 2014: Discussion

2:45 pm

Photo of Noel CoonanNoel Coonan (Tipperary North, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. Kearney for his opening statement. Before I call on members I extent a welcome to him. He is a fellow Tipperary man and it has not been a great weekend for us. I hope the legislation is more positive.

When Mr. Ó Donnchú was concluding his presentation he stated that the National Concert Hall occupies special place in Irish culture. I have only become acutely aware of that in recent times with the amount of patrons who travel to the NCH from rural areas. I was surprised, when I met some patrons recently in a discussion, to note how many travel up even for the summertime concerts. That is an indication of its special place.

As Mr. Kearney was speaking, it crossed my mind that I was unsure whether the board welcomes this legislation. Can he clarify this for me?

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