Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
460. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason for choosing the National Museum of Ireland for sittings of Seanad Éireann; and if the possible impact on educational programmes, is accounted for in this selection. [21337/16]
461. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if space in the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology has been temporarily given to Seanad Éireann; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20548/16]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 460 and 461 together.
My Department is liaising with the OPW and the National Museum of Ireland regarding a request by the Oireachtas to use some space in the National Museum premises on Kildare Street on a temporary basis while essential works are being carried out to the Seanad Chamber in Leinster House. This request is being considered by the Board of the National Museum.
With regard to any potential inconvenience for the Museum in terms of its lecture programme/education and outreach services, my Department has assured the Museum that it will take all necessary steps, in conjunction with the OPW, to ensure that these services can be continued with the minimum of disruption.