Monday 20 November 2017

Paintings worth €7,000 missing in Leinster House

Artist Peter Knuttel. Photo: Collins
Artist Peter Knuttel. Photo: Collins

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

MORE than 20 paintings – valued at around €7,000 – have gone missing in Leinster House.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) says the paintings generally get lost as political parties change offices after elections.

For example, this would have happened after the 2011 General Election, which saw Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour change party rooms and offices in the Leinster House complex because of the massive swing in power.

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

An OPW spokesperson said: “There are over 720 artworks on display throughout several buildings in the Houses of the Oireachtas of which 22 are currently unlocated.

“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.

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