Two of the paintings stolen from Russborough House the home of Sir Alfred Beit, have been discovered in London.

In 1986 the biggest art robbery in the history of the State occurred when 17 old masters worth £30 million were stolen from Sir Alfred Beit's collection at Russborough House near Blessington in County Wicklow.

Scotland Yard police found one the paintings, 'Head of a Dominican Monk' by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, hidden behind furniture at a house in Hertforshire. Two people are due to appear in court in connection with the Rubens painting which is believed to be worth £4 million.

British transport police discovered a second painting ‘The Music Party’ by Dutch artist Anthonie Palamedesz in the left luggage room at Euston Station in London.

A number of the stolen paintings have already been recovered. In 1990 ‘Woman Reading A Letter’ by Dutch artist Gabriel Metsu was discovered in Turkey and in 1992 ‘Giovanna Baccelli’ by the English painter Thomas Gainsborough was found in London.

The art collection, which also included a Vermeer and a Goya, was stolen by a gang of Dublin criminals led by Martin Cahill also known as ‘The General’.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 March 1993. The reporter is Una O'Hagen.