Coun­cil of Na­tional Cul­tural In­sti­tu­tions

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – With ref­er­ence to the let­ter from Robert Bal­lagh (Jan­uary 10th), I write as the cur­rent chair­man and mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Na­tional Cul­tural In­sti­tu­tions (CNCI).

The CNCI was es­tab­lished un­der the Her­itage Fund Act 2001 and its mem­ber­ship com­prises the di­rec­tors of the Na­tional Mu­seum, the Na­tional Li­brary, the Na­tional Gallery, the Arts Coun­cil, the Her­itage Coun­cil, the Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, the Na­tional Con­cert Hall, the Craw­ford Art Gallery, the Ch­ester Beatty Li­brary, the Abbey Theatre and the Na­tional Ar­chives.

In all ac­tiv­i­ties the di­rec­tors, staff and col­leagues within the na­tional cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions work very hard to pro­duce, pro­tect, pre­serve, cu­rate, make avail­able, de­velop and cel­e­brate Ire­land’s cul­tural and cre­ative her­itage. It is a great re­spon­si­bil­ity and priv­i­lege which we have all com­mit­ted to.

We work in an in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment and many Ir­ish peo­ple hold pres­ti­gious po­si­tions in ma­jor cul­tural and artis­tic roles around the world, and it is re­gret­ful that we now need to af­firm that we hold our posts re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity or other bias. – Yours, etc,

JOHN McDONOUGH,

Di­rec­tor,

Na­tional Ar­chives, Dublin 8.

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