Work has commenced on the major restoration project at the National Gallery of Ireland. The project will include the repair and restoration of the fabric of the Dargan and Milltown Wings, infill of the voids between the wings and the installation of 21st century climate, heating, fire suppression and lighting systems amongst other things. The Office of Public Works, the National Gallery of Ireland and my Department are cooperating on the oversight of this project - which has an expected 24 month duration. As the Deputy will appreciate, resources are limited and this sizable and historic restoration and upgrade project is a priority for my Department.
I am not currently in a position to provide for a further expansion of the National Gallery.