A campaign has been launched to prevent a well-known Georgian building in Dublin city centre from passing into private ownership in a fire sale this month.

The Save Hume Street Campaign is an alliance of conservationists, artists, architects and local politicians.

The former Hume Street Skin and Cancer Hospital at 3-8 Hume Street is being offered for sale by tender by Jones Lang LaSalle on 25 May with a guide price of over €3m.

The terrace was acquired by developer Michael Kelly for €30m in 2006.

The campaign, backed by An Taisce, the Dublin Civic Trust, Irish Heritage Trust, the RHA, the Georgian Society, local councillors and TDs, wants the State to intervene in the proposed sale.

It says there needs to be a public debate about the future of Hume Street before it is sold for potential commercial use "at a fraction of its true value".

A public meeting has been called for Monday 14 May at 6.30pm at the Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen's Green.

The campaign wants the building acquired for cultural and public amenity purposes and is proposing a combination of State, philanthropic and private investment to acquire and restore it.