Sale of Beit paintings to be discussed
Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30
The Government is examining "a range of options" surrounding the possibility of keeping paintings from the Beit collection in the country.
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.