Any suggestion that an entry fee should be imposed on the general public to access Galway Museum must be resisted, according to Independent Galway Deputy Catherine Connolly.

The Deputy says that Galway City Museum has become an integral part of the fabric of Galway city in the relatively short time since it has been established at the Spanish Arch. The number of visitors has gone up year on year, with annual figures of approximately 250,000 people.

Significant enhancement and extension  to the Museum is now in progress, and the Deputy says the work involves Galway city council raising a €3.5 million loan, and Failte Ireland then matching that level of funding.

The Deputy insists that this a substantial amount of public money and must be openly accounted for and every step of the drawdown of the money has to be publicly accounted for, particularly in light of the debacle, she says, of the Palas Cinema in the city.

She is now seeking clarification on the welcome new development of the museum but wants answers from the City Council as to any new conditions that might be imposed under the co-funding scheme.

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