Plans for a Mary Robinson Presidential Library in Ballina, Co Mayo look to have stalled, after the former president announced that she would gift her archive to NUI Galway and have it stored there. 

The Victoria House Foundation, which has been working to develop a centre at Ms Robinson's childhood home in Ballina, says storage of the archive in Galway will mean there is no need to have archival facilities in Co Mayo.

In a statement this evening, the foundation said the former president would not avail of any tax credits that may be available to her when she donates her archive. 

Instead of progressing with the plan to open a Presidential Library in Ballina, the statement talks of a "vision" to use Ms Robinson's legacy "at a location" in the town.

Mary Robinson's childhood home in Ballina, Co MayoThe foundation says Revenue valued the archive at €4.65 million, while Mayo County Council had arrived at a figure of €2.5m.

Under the Taxes Consolidation Act, this would result in an overall tax credit for the donor of €1.2m.

Ms Robinson informed the board of the foundation at a meeting last Saturday that she did not intend to avail of the credit.