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# unaccounted for
Heard about the curious case of the missing Dáil artwork that isn't actually missing?
A top OPW official explained the curious case of the missing artwork in Leinster House.

YOU MAY HAVE heard about the curious case of artwork from Leinster House that is unaccounted for.

In 2012, the Sunday Independent reported that some 37 pieces of art from within Leinster House were unaccounted for.

The large turnover in TDs in 2011 – when a record 76 new Dáil deputies were elected – was partly blamed for the disappearance of some of the art with scores of TDs vacating offices and artwork being moved around – or even out of – the Oireachtas complex.

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Among this new intake was Labour’s Derek Nolan (above) who asked about the issue at the Public Accounts Committee today when Office of Public Works officials came before it.

It emerged that since it began an inventory, the OPW has whittled down the number of art pieces that it cannot locate to 21. Speaking before the committee today, the OPW chairman Clare McGrath explained why the artwork is not actually missing:

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