Sunday 18 March 2018

Museum restaurant faces closure due to terror fears

The National Museum in Dublin. Photo: Tom Burke
The National Museum in Dublin. Photo: Tom Burke
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The National Museum of Ireland may be forced to close down an exhibition room and its restaurant to provide adequate anti-terrorist security measures.

An Taisce announced that there are a number of issues regarding the museum being used as part of the temporary relocation of the Seanad chamber from Leinster House.

The museum is preparing for "a temporary change of use of two first-floor rooms of the National Museum of Ireland… to accommodate the Seanad Éireann chamber within the 'Ceramics Room' and access corridor and ante-room within the 'Japanese Room'."

An Taisce said that extra security measures would be needed as a result of the recent terror attacks in Europe and Westminster.

It said that, to make room for these measures, the museum may need to close the ground-floor exhibition rooms and restaurant.

Dr Mark Clinton, of An Taisce's Monuments and Antiquities, said: "We have great concern at the definition of 'Temporary Use' and the need for the attachment of time limits. One only has to remember the 'Temporary Car Park' imposed on the lawn of Leinster House. It was there for approximately 10 years."

A Memorandum of Understanding was last year signed by the Houses of the Oireachtas and the museum board confirming the temporary relocation of the Seanad.

Irish Independent

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