Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am staggered that funding for National Museums Northern Ireland could be cut by a massive 23% by 2014/15. I have been informed that a cut like this could potentially lead to over 100 job losses or the closure of one of the open air museum.
“This is deeply worrying and while I understand that tough decisions have to be made to balance Northern Ireland’s books, a cut of this magnitude would be devastating for the museums sector.
“Our museums are an important resource for people here and they also help boost our tourism industry. I am deeply concerned at the massively negative impact that such a drastic cut might have on this sector and on our tourism industry.”