I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 and 354 together.
The Garden of Remembrance is dedicated to all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. The garden is reserved exclusively for formal State ceremonials connected with this dedication. It is considered that the commercial basis of the proposed art display is at variance with the ethos of the garden and the tranquil amenity of the memorial may well be diminished by the presence of such displays.
I am sure that Deputies can appreciate that the Garden of Remembrance is a national monument with a singular commemorative significance and purpose - to commemorate all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. While it is not considered appropriate that it be used for any other purpose, I am prepared to examine the situation further with a view to arriving at a satisfactory solution.