Presidential Library News November 3, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Michael McDowell makes.. and yes, I’m a bit surprised to be writing this, but nonetheless, some good points in the SBP at the weekend in relation to the saga of the Mary Robinson Presidential Library. A thought strikes – we don’t have executive presidencies, and all the better for it, and I do wonder if the office itself is quite so exalted that it needs perhaps quite the focus on it that it seems to sometimes get. But that’s another matter, I suppose.
Are all former officeholders to benefit from tax holidays based on donating their papers, documents and memorabilia to publicly funded ‘libraries’ in future> Or is this to be a one-off? In my judgement the Ballina scheme should be called off before it does further damage to Irish public life?
Why not retain the simple and noble tradition that the personal archives of senior former office-holders are given as free gift o existing professionally run archives insofar as they are not destined to become part of the National Archives?
Why not indeed?
One other thought arises. Perhaps I’m missing some point here but the idea the library is to be situated in the former family home seems to me to be very strange. It seems to blend the office and the person in ways that as a republican I find troubling. Do others feel similarly?