Arts Minister under pressure to make statement on McNulty appointment

John McNulty

Pressure is mounting on Arts Minister Heather Humphreys to make a statement in the Dáil regarding the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

McNulty - who is Fine Gael's Seanad by-election candidate - resigned from the museum's board yesterday just 13 days after his appointment.

Sinn Féin's Arts Spokesperson, Sandra McLellan, is calling on Minister Humphries to make a statement in the Dáil on the issue.

Last night, the organiser of the election was asked to expel John McNulty from the election.

His independent rival, Gerard Craughwell, says Mr McNulty should now be eliminated from the election.

However, it is not clear whether his name can be removed - with ballot papers due to be distributed today.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald later said that McNulty is a very capable candidate for the Seanad and his appointment would not cause a rift in the coalition.

"He brings business experience, he brings experience of rural Ireland and various organisations that he's been involved in to the role," she said.

"And I believe he'll make a very fine candidate and a very fine member of the Senate."

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