Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 33 - Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Chapter 7 - Oversight of Funding for the European Capital of Culture 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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I will ask some questions. I wish to pick up on one of the points made by Deputy Sherlock regarding the cultural institutions. I visited the National Library about ten years ago and was horrified by the conditions in which the collection were then being held. I am very pleased that a significant risk to the collection has been mitigated. Work is absolutely necessary. The same applies to the National Archives and the problems with storage. I am completely on board regarding the need for these projects.

Let me pick up on the point on controlling costs. With regard to the National Gallery, I understand the original Estimate was around €25 million. Is it the case that it came in at €52 million and that there is conciliation at the moment? What is the story with that?