Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (160)

Micheál Martin


160. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the spending on improvements that have been undertaken at a museum (details supplied) in Dublin 14; the outstanding works that remain to be completed; the moneys that have been allocated for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49206/12]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Pearse Museum reopened in 2008 following a major two-year renovation project which involved the building of a new access stairs, new museum entrance, lift and improvements to visitor facilities. The electrical services were upgraded and the heating system was replaced. The historic rooms of the house were redisplayed and reinterpreted, new areas of the building were made accessible to the public and a space for temporary exhibitions was provided. The café in the courtyard of St. Enda's Park was renovated in 2010 at a cost of €340,447, including VAT. The café is now open all year round for visitors to the Pearse Museum and St. Enda's Park. A project is under way to repair one of the bridges in St. Enda's Park and replace a second one at a total cost of €50,000. It is hoped that an exhibition on the life of P.H. Pearse will be installed in the renovated basement in the coming years subject to funds being available. Plans for the conservation of a number of the garden buildings in the park also await funding.