Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (253)

Sandra McLellan


253. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in view of his emphasis on The Gathering, if he has any plans to establish a world class museum of the Irish diaspora; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20983/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Government’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Framework 2012-2016, published in November 2011, includes a commitment of support for a Diaspora Centre or Diaspora Museum should a suitable project and partner be available. However, no capital allocation has been made for a Diaspora Centre to date.

Accordingly, I asked Fáilte Ireland to carry out a scoping study on the development of such a centre and the most suitable means by which it could be financed, developed and managed. I await the final outcome of the study which will inform future developments and next steps.

Question No. 254 answered with Question No. 251.