Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jim O’Callaghan
Dublin Bay South

2 February 2016

Dublin City Council passes Cllr Jim O’Callaghan’s motion to return Hugh Lane collection to its ‘rightful home’

Fianna Fáil’s legal adviser Cllr Jim O’Callaghan has welcomed a decision by Dublin City Council to unanimously pass his motion calling for the return of priceless impressionist paintings bequeathed to Dublin by Sir Hugh Lane.

The Dublin Bay South South candidate pointed out that the collection of paintings, which have 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 Cllr O’Callaghan 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,” added Cllr O’Callaghan.

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.