Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Questions (268)

Matt Carthy


268. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if she will liaise with the National Museum of Ireland with a view to securing a permanent exhibition on the Great Hunger - An Gorta Mór; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33440/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

My Department supports a range of commemorative activity in relation to the Great Irish Famine, including national and international commemorative events on an annual basis. In addition, there are many local museums and other entities around the country that display material relating to the tragic events of this period in Irish history, such as the very significant Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, County Roscommon.

Decisions in relation to the curation and presentation of temporary or permanent exhibitions within State funded museums in Dublin are operational matters for the relevant cultural institutions or other entities concerned and I understand that there are no plans at present for the establishment of a dedicated famine museum in the National Museum of Ireland.