Fine Gael Dublin Senator and Seanad Spokesperson for the Arts, Catherine Noone, has praised the decision to invest €20 million in the refurbishment of the National Gallery, describing it as a welcome boost to the Arts community. The project is expected to create around 300 jobs during its lifetime.
“This project underscores the Government’s commitment both to the Arts and to job creation. Three hundred high-end specialist construction jobs will be generated during the building phase of the project between now and the completion date in 2015.
“This is the single largest refurbishment of the gallery since 1864, and I am glad it is being undertaken. Continued and sustainable investment in the Arts is something I am passionate about. Our National Gallery is an institution we can and should be proud of; this investment ensures the Gallery will continue to be a focal point for the Arts community in Dublin for the future.
“The planned refurbishment will see the Dargan and Milltown wings of the Gallery being thoroughly modernised. Areas of the Gallery that have been closed off until now will be opened to the public. Crucially, the building itself will also be preserved and protected. This project will transform the National Gallery into a world leading arts space, which will host Irish collections and artworks from around the world.
“I am sure this investment will reap dividends in the years to come. Having an impressive and modern structure for our National Gallery will help to boost visitor numbers, and will add to Dublin’s overall appeal as a top tourist location. I am delighted the National Gallery is getting the maintenance and support it deserves, almost exactly 150 years after it was first opened to the public.”