The National Museum of Ireland has said the Michael Collins cotton swab that was withdrawn from auction yesterday teaches people “nothing new” about the great Irish leader.
The swab - which was used to clean Collins’ face after his death during the civil war - was owned by a family for 90 years.
Head of collections Raghnall O’Floinn said yesterday: “It doesn’t shed any new light on Collins life or his activities. It tells us nothing new about him.
“However, I do welcome the debate that has been created.”