William Martin Murphy campaigns against proposed art gallery
William Martin Murphy was not alone in opposing the proposed art gallery in Dublin. This is a letter written by Frederick P. Griffith to John Sweetman voicing his objection to the building of a gallery in 'this absurd position'. Photo: National Library of Ireland, Sweetman Papers, MS47,587/9

William Martin Murphy campaigns against proposed art gallery

Published: 17 July 1913

The proposal to build an art gallery over the River Liffey to house the donation to Dublin of Sir Hugh Lane's art collection has been strongly criticized by the businessman and newspaper proprietor, William Martin Murphy.

Mr. Murphy told a public meeting which he chaired that opposition to the proposed art gallery was so universal in Dublin that he could not find anyone in the city who supported it. Condemning the proposal of the Dublin Corporation to spend £22,000 on the gallery, Mr. Murphy said he had become involved in the matter because it was abominable that such a scheme should be thrust upon the city without any opportunity for citizens to oppose it.

The meeting passed a resolution of protest at the proposal to build the gallery and pledged to oppose the project by any means in its power.

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