Dublin City Council unanimously passed my motion last night (Monday February 1st) as I continue to call for the return of priceless impressionist paintings bequeathed to Dublin by Sir Hugh Lane. The collection of paintings, which have the been the subject of controversy for many decades over ownership between Ireland and Britain, are currently retained in the National Gallery in London.
Speaking last night I urged the National Gallery “to recognize that the moral right to these paintings rests in Dublin”.
“The passing of my motion is important as it adds weight politically and mounts pressure on the National Gallery in London who will be informed in writing of the decision by Dublin City Council. Dublin is the rightful home of this collection which was the wish of Sir Hugh Lane”.
Cork born art collector Sir Hugh Lane who died on the Lusitania when it was sunk in 1915 by a German torpedo, amended his will to bequeath the collection to Dublin.
Text of Motion: This Council calls upon the National Gallery in London to return to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin the collection of impressionist paintings bequeathed to Dublin by Sir Hugh Lane but which continue to be retained by London – Cllr Jim O’Callaghan