Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced the creation of a new Cultural and Heritage Centre at Parliament Buildings, College Green.

Bank of Ireland has made the space available for the centre to the State for a ten year period, and will cover the costs of refurbishment and operation of the new facility.

When open for use the Cultural and Heritage Centre will be accessed by the public via the James Gandon-designed entrance to the College Green buildings on Westmoreland Street.

 It is envisaged that exhibitions at the Cultural and Heritage Centre will include a significant focus on key events in Irish history - up to the centenary of Civil War - which led to the creation of modern Ireland.