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Wednesday 29 October 2014

Seanad Bye-election John McNulty's IMMA appointment correspondence

Some more Freedom of Information files were released relating to the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of modern art shortly before that position was used as qualification for nomination to the Senate. Following on from the IMMA correspondence that Katie Hannon for RTE Primetime got via FOI.

John McNulty said on Highland Radio that he met Enda Kenny around the 4th September.

John McNulty got IMMA post within two days of request Harry McGee 29th of October 2014.

A memo from the 10th on the cultural board vacancies listed 6 on the IMMA board even though the department had promised to limit it to 9, and 9 positions were occupied.

National Gallery of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery
• The boards of the three institutions to be scaled back to a maximum of 9 members each, including the Chair (a reduction of the order of between 40 – 50 %).

Fionnan Sheahan on RTE DriveTime 26 September at 19m. Relays the timeline issues, IMMA appointment on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th Fine Gael executive council met in Galway, the rest of Fine Gael told on the 17th of September.

We still don't know who was on the 5 member executive council Seanad sub-committee who were said at the time to have been overruled by Enda Kenny and his party officials. Or did they perhaps they knew about it all, they haven't said otherwise.

Here is John McNulty’s handwritten note accepting his controversial state board appointment TheJournal.ie Hugh O'Connell 29th October 2014.

He wrote a note of acceptance on the 15th of September and sent an email of same to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the 16th.

I was told that John McNulty was appointed as soon as the minister deemed him to be on 12th, so his acceptance on the 15th immaterial, he had already agreed to be put on the board at some point before the 12th.

It was late on the 17th of September Fionnan Sheahan revealed his name as the nominee for the Seanad Businessman who lost council election to run for the Seanad Independent.ie

Read my previous Seanad Bye-election posts for the rest of the story.

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