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Paschal Donohoe calls for everyone to play their part in protecting Irish culture

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has called for everyone to play their part in keeping cultural landmarks in Ireland alive.

This follows Chapters Bookstore announcing plans to close next year after trading for 40 years.

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Trinity College also confirmed that it will be shutting down the Science Gallery on Pearse Street, which is expected to take place at the end of February.

Earlier this month, major protests took place in Dublin in opposition to proposed developments at the Cobblestone pub and Merchant’s Arch in Temple Bar.

Many people have urged the Government to finalise a solution that would involve protecting unique cultural amenities in the future.

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In relation to the closure of Chapters Bookstore, Donohoe told The Currency, “Like all great bookshops, Chapters was imbued with a sense of creativity in the broadest sense, an openness to new ideas, new literature and new forms of literature,”.

Although optimistic about the city’s cultural life, Donohoe said that “there must never be complacency.”

Donohoe added that the responsibility of preserving Irish culture goes beyond city planners, those who run bookshops, and those who run theatres.

“We all have to play our role. If you value bookshops, if you value cultural landmarks then the best way of ensuring their existence is to support them and use them.”

“But that may not be enough on its own. As we make further progress in emerging from the pandemic, city planners and the government are going to have engage in what is the future for our city centres.”

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