‘Head of a Dominican Monk’ by Rubens from the Russborough House collection

The Government has welcomed the emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Chris(...)

“I’ve options both inside and outside politics, and I’m keeping my options open,” Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has  said. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has hinted he may contest the next general election under a different political banner. The Louth deputy and former cou(...)

The Irish people will not be asked to vote in an other referendum before the next general election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has confirmed

The Irish people will not be asked to vote in an other referendum before the next general election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan(...)

 Minister of State for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said on Tuesday “I just heard this morning that so-called white knights had emerged to acquire them on behalf of the State and that would be a very welcome and good development”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The emergence of “white knights” willing to buy paintings from Russborough House that were due to be auctioned at Christie’s in London has been wel(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said European leaders attending a summit in Brussels yesterday agreed   Greece should remain within the euro zone. Photograph: The Irish Times  1:15

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is hopeful that a resolution to the Greek funding crisis can be reached this weekend. He said there was unanimity amo(...)

Le cabinet de Physique de Bonnier de La Mosson, by Jacques de Lajoue (1734) formerly part of the Russborough House Alfred Beit Foundation has been acquired by Leonard Blavatnik, who is believed to have paid over £500,000 for it.

Britain’s richest man, Ukranian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, is believed to have bought a painting from the Beit Collection at Russborough Hous(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her department did not have the funds, estimated to be in the region of €12 million, necessary to buy the paintings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said her “door is open” if the trustees who run Russborough House want to meet again over the sale of valuabl(...)

The  restored West Wing at Russborough House, in Blessington, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former minister for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes has insisted he was not told by the trustees who run Russborough House that they would have(...)

 Russborough House, in Blessington, Co Wicklow. The trustees who run Russborough  are due to attend an extraordinary board meeting in Dublin, amid continued criticism of their   decision to sell nine paintings from the house. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:23

The trustees who run Russborough House in Co Wicklow are due to attend an extraordinary board meeting in Dublin today. It comes as politicians from (...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:23

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)