Library Board Appointments Made

A new board of directors for the National Library of Ireland has been announced by the Dáil Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin.

The appointments made by the Minister are as follows: David Harvey (Chairman), Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter, Dr. Marion Fitzgibbon, Brian Halpin, Patrick McMahon, Carol Maddock and Des Marnane.

Also appointed yesterday are Susan Philips, Pat Quinn, Paul Rellis, Paul Shovlin and Prof Robert Spoo.

Announcing the new board members Minister Hanafin said ''I am extremely pleased that these very experienced and talented people have agreed to serve on the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

"They will form the second Board to be appointed since the Library became an autonomous body in 2005.

"The new Board Members possess a range of exceptional skills and experience that can be used to steer and improve the fortunes of what is one of Irelands premier and venerable national cultural institutions, in difficult times.

"The role of our national cultural institutions, like the National Library, was never more critical.

"The skills set of these new members will assist the Library in using new technology, understanding copyright issues and linking into local and national library users," she said.

The appointments are made for a five-year period, subject to progress on restructuring between the National Library, the National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

In announcing the new Board, Minister Hanafin paid special tribute to the work of the outgoing Board under the Chairmanship of Gerard Danaher, S.C.


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