The National Museum and the Seanad

Sir, – The proposal to relocate the Seanad to the National Museum building is another instance of the contempt with which the political establishment in Ireland has treated our national cultural institutions since the foundation of the State. These institutions have been consistently under-resourced, underfunded, understaffed and otherwise generally neglected.

The reason is, to some extent, a pervasive anti-intellectualism on the part of successive governments and their civil servants.

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