Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan has said no decision has been made on the merging of cultural institutions.

Mr Deenihan said some people have taken the view that the mergers are a fait accompli, but they are not.

He was speaking at the start of the Irish Museum of Modern Art's tenure at the National Concert Hall.

The IMMA has been temporarily relocated to allow renovation work take place at IMMA's site in Kilmainham.

A decision was taken last November to review State agencies across all departments and the minister said that process is ongoing.

In relation to IMMA, the National Gallery of Ireland and the Crawford Gallery in Cork, Mr Deenihan said the heads of the three institutions have come together and made a good proposal, which would see cost savings being made.

His department had received a very positive response from the galleries, he said, as to how they see their future while at the same time retaining their identities.

Asked about the recent resignation of Dr Diarmaid Ferriter from the Board of the National Library for reasons partly to do with the proposed amalgamations, the minister said he did not understand why he had resigned because no decision has yet been made.

He said he would urge other bodies to work together in the same way the galleries have done.