Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
The bulk of the capital allocation to my Department for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme will focus on a number of the "Permanent Reminders", which are being developed as part of the Historical Reflection Strand of the Programme. These include:
- The development of the GPO Witness Historyvisitor centre - an immersive, interactive experience in the heart of the GPO;
- The development of 14 Henrietta Street as a Tenement Museum, in conjunction with Dublin City Council;
- The restoration of specific parts of Richmond Barracks and the creation of an exhibition and interpretative space, in conjunction with Dublin City Council;
- The development of a cultural centre at Teach an Phiarsaigh, to provide, inter alia, a experiential introduction to the Irish language and the local Gaeltacht culture and environment;
- The conservation and restoration of the National Monument at 14-17 Moore Street;
- The restoration of the Kevin Barry Rooms in the National Concert Hall; and
- The restoration and refurbishment of the Atheneum in Enniscorthy in order to allow it to be used as an important community amenity.
The specific 2016 allocations of the Capital Budget for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme are being finalised at present.