Proposal to merge National Archives & IMC into National Library of Ireland

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The Irish government Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have published their ‘Public Service Reform Plan’ (17 November 2011)  http://per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Public-Service-Reform-pdf.pdf which states that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht proposes to merge [the] National Archives & the Irish Manuscripts Commission into the National Library while maintaining separate identities.

Responses:

'Want to hear about a daft idea that deserves to be shelved?' - Fintan O' Toole writing in Saturday's Irish Times (19 November 2011) on the proposed merger of the National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission into the National Library of Ireland. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/1119/1224307814661.html

Irish Genealogical Research Society press release in relation to merger proposals (18 November 2011). 'Irish Government’s Reform Plans worry genealogists. The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) is concerned that a so-called merger of the National Archives “into” the National Library could diminish these vital heritage services...' http://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Genealogical-Research-Society/224048917610708

http://irish-genealogy-news.blogspot.com/2011/11/governments-reform-plans-worry-igrs.html

Other sources of information:

Ireland

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archives-and-Records-Association-Ireland/142505616780?sk=wall

http://twitter.com/archivesireland

http://puesoccurrences.com/2010/01/28/crisis-facing-the-national-archives-of-ireland/

http://puesoccurrences.com/2010/04/12/archives-in-crisis-the-response/

Canada

http://rbm.acrl.org/content/8/1/61.full.pdf

New Zealand

http://blog.beagrie.com/2010/06/03/merger-of-new-zealand-national-archives-and-national-library-and-new-digital-archive/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/4379004/Plan-for-Archives-NZ-seen-as-threat-to-basis-of-healthy-democracy

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