Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jim O’Callaghan
Dublin Bay South
11 January 2016
Dublin is the rightful home of the Sir Hugh Lane collection – Cllr Jim O’Callaghan
Tonight’s Dublin City Council meeting will debate a motion tabled by Dublin City Fianna Fail Councillor Jim O’Callaghan who is calling for the return of priceless impressionist paintings bequeathed to Dublin by Sir Hugh Lane. 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.
Cllr O’Callaghan is confident the motion will be passed and urged the National Gallery “to recognise that the moral right to these paintings rests in Dublin”.
“It is important that the political representatives of Dublin indicate that they believe the paintings should be returned to their rightful home which was the wish of Sir Hugh Lane,” he said.
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.