National Museum and Library to Lose Semi-State Status (News)

Posted: Thursday, 01 November 2012

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced plans to abolish the Boards of the National Museum of Ireland and National Library of Ireland. Established as semi-state bodies in legislation introduced in 1997, it is now intended that the existing National Archives governance model is to be extended to the National Library and the National Museum. This new National Museum and Library Advisory Council, focussed on fundraising and philanthropic opportunities, is to serve pro bono and to operate in place of the existing boards.

On 31 October, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, outlined the full set of reforms now being progressed for each of the 12 organisations that are funded by his Department. There are also changes to the National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery, National Archives of Ireland and Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Click here for the details of the various reforms