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Sunday 25 September 2016

Sale of Beit paintings to be discussed

Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys set to meet the chairperson of the Alfred Beit Foundation to discuss the possibility of keeping paintings from the Beit collection in the country
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys set to meet the chairperson of the Alfred Beit Foundation to discuss the possibility of keeping paintings from the Beit collection in the country

The Government is examining "a range of options" surrounding the possibility of keeping paintings from the Beit collection in the country.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Arts Minister Heather Humphreys would meet with the chairperson of the Alfred Beit Foundation to discuss options.

The move follows the decision of the foundation to sell a number of paintings at auction, including two which will be sold at Christie's in London today.

"The Trust is a private trust but there's a very important consideration here that the Beit house and the Beit collection at Russborough House was left to the Irish people for their continuous enjoyment," said Mr Kenny.

He said there were "contractual matters" that he could not go into but the minister would discuss all options with the Foundation.

"Clearly, a sale has been registered and signalled by the auction house and that's a matter for consideration. So the minister will meet with the chairperson and discuss a range of possible opportunities that the wish of Alfred Beit and his good wife would be considered in the context of both the house and the paintings," he added.

Irish Independent

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