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Newsline: Government spent €70000 transporting paintings to Irish embassies

The Government spent more than €70,000 moving works of art between several Irish embassies and some ambassadors’ gaffs abroad last year. And records just released show that in one case in 2015 the State paid more than €25,000 to move some paintings just 8km down the road. The National Gallery of Ireland issued the Department of Foreign Affairs with a bill of €25,504 after hiring specialist contractors to move the art when the Irish ambassador in Vienna, Austria, moved his official residence. As part of the same invoice, the Government shelled out €15,426 to bring damaged paintings from a diplomatic residence in Berne, Switzerland, back to Dublin. Freedom of Information act records show that the daubings had been damaged while they were kept in storage and the repairs were covered by an insurance policy. A further €17,716 from the State coffers was spent shipping more than a dozen paintings from the Irish embassy in the Hague to the Irish Museum of Modern Art.


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