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Written Answers. - Library Acquisitions.

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 No. 3

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 202. Mr. Connaughton Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton  asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands Information on Síle de Valera Zoom on Síle de Valera  when it is proposed to enter into discussions with a person (details supplied) with a view to accepting this person's offer in respect of rare books for the proposed library at Portumna Castle. [10415/02]

[871]Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): Information on Síle de Valera Zoom on Síle de Valera In March 2001 I received a letter from the person referred to by the Deputy which referred to an investment of £150,000 that person had made in gathering books on the Burkes and the Wild Geese. The person in question stated that he intended to take a decision on a home for his collection by December 2002 but did not directly offer the books to my Department.

The Deputy should, however, be aware that my Department has no plans to provide a library space at Portumna Castle.

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