A new exhibition space opens in the National Museum of Ireland where the best of Irish antiquities are on display.

Some of the country's greatest national treasures including the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch, the Cross of Cong and the Derrynaflan Chalice are being put on show to the public.

Brendan O'Riordan, Director of the National Museum describes the work that has gone into the new Treasury Gallery and the production of text panels and associated brochures. Somewhat controversially the public will have to pay an admission charge to the new exhibition space. Brendan O'Riordan says, 

The problem is all of these improvements have to be paid for there is in fact a free day for people on Tuesdays.

Ted Nealon Minster of Sate with responsibility for Arts and Culture discusses the expansion of the museum which was possible as space became available at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

An RTÉ News report by Conor Fennell broadcast on the 23 September 1986.