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Emigrant museum scrapped

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

15th February, 2015
Paschal Donohoe

The government has dropped plans for a national emigrant museum because it fears a backlash from rejected bidders ahead of the general election.

Consultants hired at a cost of €45,000 had recommended a large-scale project to emulate the success of the Ellis Island diaspora museum in New York. The aim was to draw in up to 300,000 visitors per year and strengthen links with the 65-million-strong Irish diaspora.

But the government has now downgraded the plan...

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