Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kenny and Shefflin are cut from the same cloth, says minister

Heather Humphreys. Photo: Tom Burke
Heather Humphreys. Photo: Tom Burke
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Champion hurler Henry Shefflin and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny may not seem to have a great deal in common.

But Heather Humphreys, attending in her capacity as Arts Minister, drew comparisons between them at the reopening of the National Gallery of Ireland yesterday.

Gesturing towards the recently unveiled portrait of Mr Shefflin, Ms Humphreys told the crowd that both he and Mr Kenny share "an unrelenting work ethic, a willingness to make huge personal sacrifices to deliver the best for others, and the rare quality of being admired and respected by even those who oppose them".

Ms Humphreys also assured Mr Kenny that he would be able to spend more time visiting the newly refurbished gallery now his schedule has freed up.

"And there's a lot more craic and mischief to be had on the backbenches," she added.

Mr Kenny told the crowd he was "delighted" to officially open the gallery. The €30m restoration includes the transformation of the Dargan and Milltown wings which are open to the public from today.

The gallery welcomed more than 720,000 visitors last year and the board of directors believes even more will visit with the opening of the refurbished wings and new exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry.

The restoration will feature in upcoming RTÉ documentary 'Portrait of a Gallery'.

Irish Independent

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