The National Museum of Ireland and the proposed taking by Seanad Éireann of its facilities

The National Museum of Ireland is home to 10,000 years of Irish heritage and archaeology. It houses countless ancient objects, and is a place where students and adults alike, come to attend lectures classes and view exhibitions. Like many branches of heritage management, they are understaffed and underfunded, and now, there are talks that a number of its rooms should be converted into to temporary (minimum two years) chambers to house senate meetings. I have worked in the museum occasionally and have personally witnessed just how hard the staff their works. Every inch of the building is put to good use, and now, our government feels the space should limited even further? I am unsure if those making these decisions understand the ramifications of this choice. Is there nowhere else the Seanad can go? Can we not discuss a reschedule of room space in the Dail or use the whipping 1.7 million renovation fund to rent a professional conference hall somewhere in the city? In this blog post, Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan from UCD School of Archaeology, shares his thoughts on the matter and voices some alternatives.

Early Medieval Ireland and Beyond


Aidan O’Sullivan,

UCD School of Archaeology

Thursday 20th October 2016


The National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, is one of our premier cultural heritage institutions. It is the treasurehouse of our national archaeological collections amongst other things. It is the place where we keep the things that can be used to tell the story of our 10,000 years on this island.

The National Museum of Ireland’s and its staff’s responsibilities are enormous; including the curation, management and protection of our archaeological and material culture heritage, and the communication of knowledge about this heritage to the widest possible audience, both in Ireland and to people all over the world. It is also a place for the education of our children about our ancient past, as can be seen the throngs of school children and students that move though it every day.

It was recently reported on Tuesday 18th…

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