Written answers

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Abbey Theatre

9:00 pm

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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Question 628: To ask the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if she will ensure that the National Theatre of Ireland is made accessible for people with disabilities. [15500/10]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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I have no direct involvement in the day to day operations of The National Theatre of Ireland (Abbey Theatre). Any decisions made in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy are a matter for the Board and management of the Abbey Theatre, that operates independently of my Department.

I have been informed by the Abbey Theatre that the main Abbey Theatre auditorium is fully accessible to patrons who require wheelchair and disability access. I am further informed that the Peacock Theatre is not readily accessible to patrons who require wheelchair and disability access. I understand that an architect has been retained to examine the feasibility of and the cost of changes which would be necessary to make the Peacock Theatre fully accessible.

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