A major refurbishment of The National Gallery of Ireland is to take place, generating 300 construction and specialist jobs.

The €20m project was announced by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltach Jimmy Deenihan this morning.

He said it is seen as one of the Government's major cultural projects to commemorate 1916.

Both the Dargan and Millton wings will be restored during what will be the largest single refurbishment project to take place since it opened in 1864.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2015.