Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Finance Bill 2011: Committee Stage
Martin Mansergh (Minister of State with special responsibility for the Arts, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Department of Finance; Tipperary South, Fianna Fail)
I needed to resign when I became a Minister of State.
Like Deputy Burton, I welcome the clarification regarding cultural services. As we know, all of the principal cultural institutions and many of the buildings run by the Office of Public Works are free of entry charges. Some places have an entry charge where it acts as a rationing mechanism or there is a high level of foreign visits. Even in museums and galleries, there tends to be a charge on special exhibitions to make them financially viable. Our existing policy, which has lasted for many years, is essentially a good one.