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Culture Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 23 June 2021

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Ceisteanna (108)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

108. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if she has a policy to ensure ease of access for the purpose of research and scholarship to the treasures of Ireland’s national cultural heritage held by museums, galleries and third-level institutions in the State, such as the Book of Kells, including for researchers and scholars affiliated with museums, galleries and third level institutions other than those caring for the items of cultural heritage; if she received representations on this issue; and if she raised the issue directly with cultural or third-level institutions or with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. [33632/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Tourism)

In line with the objectives of Culture 2025, the National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025, which emphasises cultural participation and cherishing our cultural heritage, every effort is made by the national cultural institutions under the aegis of my Department to facilitate access for the purpose of research and scholarship to the parts of Ireland's cultural heritage held by them. Decisions in relation to specific requests are operational matters for the relevant cultural institutions. Decisions in relation to access to material held by third level institutions are matters for those institutions or, where appropriate, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

I am not aware of any representations in relation to this issue and have not raised the issue directly with cultural or third-level institutions or with the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

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