Tuesday 20 March 2018

Leinster House bosses and the great €7k art hunt

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

LEINSTER House bosses are still searching for paintings worth €7,000 that have been missing for up to five years.

Over 20 paintings have gone missing in recent years, largely because of the massive changes that take place after elections.

The Office of Public Works (OPW), which is in charge of the 720 pieces of art that hang around Leinster House, says a large number went missing after the 2011 General Election.

The election fallout saw Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour change party rooms and offices in the Leinster House complex because of the massive swing in power.


For example, Fine Gael took over the room usually used by Fianna Fail for its parliamentary party meetings, and the room had pictures of Fianna Fail leaders hanging on the walls.

But among the paintings missing are artworks by Valerie Hannan, Peter Knuttel and Diarmuid Delargy.

An OPW spokesperson said: "Some of the artworks were listed as unlocated since 2008 and several of these are original prints, which are editioned prints, and they may have been located outside the Leinster House complex."

The last survey of the paintings was carried out in April 2012.

"With the last change in government, there was a major turnaround of personnel and office spaces and this resulted in an unprecedented number of artworks being moved and redistributed throughout the Leinster House complex," the OPW said.

A search is ongoing for the missing paintings, and 18 others that went missing have so far been found.

The missing paintings stay on the books since they may have been moved but not officially logged.

Irish Independent

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