Answered on June 26, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of donations made to the National Museum of Ireland in the past ten years.
Reply from Minister Jimmy Deenihan: The National Museum of Ireland became a fully autonomous non-commercial semi-state body on 3rd May 2005 under the provisions of the National Cultural Institutions Act 1997 and I, as Minister, have no statutory responsibility in relation to day-to-day operational matters including donations.
I have therefore referred the Deputy's question to the Director of the National Museum of Ireland for direct reply.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.