A Mayo born barrister has been elected as chairperson of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Swinford native Mary Keane has served on the NGI’s Board of Governors and Guardians since 2014 and she succeeds Michael Cush SC who served as chair for the past six years.
Educated at the Convent of Mercy, Claremorris, UCD and the King’s Inns, Ms Keane now lives in Carne, Co. Wexford and is both the Law Society of Ireland’s deputy director general and director of policy and public affairs.
Under the statutes of the National Gallery of Ireland, its affairs are entrusted to the Board of Governors and Guardians who are responsible for policy and oversight.
“The National Gallery of Ireland is a wonderfully dynamic and modern institution and I am honoured to be entrusted to serve as Chair of its Board,” said Ms Keane, expressing a belief that culture will assist Ireland in healing from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The Gallery is committed to providing a focal point for collective reflection as we emerge from this pandemic. Our shared experiences will inform the national recovery and I am certain that the road ahead will be enriched through a renewed connection of the people with their art.
“We have all had time to reflect on what is core to our experience as human beings and we understand now more than ever the value of those things that endure and inspire and make us more, whether individually or collectively,” said Ms Keane.