Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (300)

James Lawless


300. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if a list of museums will be provided; the amount of State funding they receive in Dublin and nationwide; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38617/20]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

In its 2016 survey, the Irish Museums Association, which itself receives an annual subvention from my Department, cited approximately 230 museums operational in Ireland.

This, of course, includes the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), which is located in four premises, detailed below.


- The Archaeology & History Dept. at Kildare Street.

- The Natural History Museum at Merrion Street.

- The Decorative Arts & History Museum at Collins Barracks.


- The Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.

The National Museum also has a Collections Resource Centre in Swords, Co Dublin that is open to the public by arrangement. Funding provided to the NMI by my Department in 2019 and 2020 is detailed below:

NMI Grant Allocation









Total Current






Total Current and Capital



In addition to providing operational funding for the National Museum of Ireland, my Department operates a number of schemes under which museums can be funded. The schemes under which current funding may be provided are, briefly, the Co-operation with Northern Ireland Scheme, the Mobility of Collections Scheme for the dissemination of the National Collection to regional museums and the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools. In 2020, my Department also ran an Audience Re-engagement Scheme for regional museums as part of my Department's sectoral response to COVID-19.

Details of these schemes - including historical funding data - may be found on my Department's website at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/f2ed0-culture-grants-and-funding/.

I have provided the Deputy details of museums funded under these schemes in 2019 and 2020.

My Department also provides capital funding under the Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme and details of this scheme may also be seen at the link above and bodies funded are included in the appended sheet.

In addition, my Department operates a capital investment scheme for arts and culture centres. This capital investment scheme will run from 2019-2022 and will focus on enhancing the existing stock of arts and culture centres that operate as not-for -profit organisations throughout the country and has a clearly defined arts and culture focus. Details of previously funded bodies under this scheme may be found at https://www.chg.gov.ie/arts/creative-arts/grants-and-funding/previous-schemes.

Stream D of this capital funding scheme is still open for applications and detailed may be found at


A full list of museums funded under this capital scheme in 2019 and 2020 is also here appended.

CSU funding for museums

Capital funding for Museums