Brian Cowen portrait to go on display at the Dáil

He will be joined by Enda Kenny

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Brian Cowen portrait to go on display at the Dáil

Brian Cowen portrait to go on display at the Dáil

A portrait drawing of former Taoiseach and long-serving Offaly TD, Brian Cowen, is set to go on display at Leinster House, six years after the Clara man left office. The Office of Public Works has said that this is not the official portrait of Brian Cowen, and that sittings for that painting will take place in 2018. 

Cowen was the Taoiseach from May 2008 until march 2011, and at the request of the Department of the Taoiseach, the Office of Public Works has commissioned two portrait drawings, one of Cowen and the recently retired Enda Kenny.

The two recently completed drawings will join a series of portraits on paper which are on view in the corridor leading to the Cabinet Room in Government Buildings. All drawings in this series were made from photographs. 

The two artists commissioned to undertake the portraits are Catherine Creaney who is responsible for the Enda Kenny and Blaise Smith who created the Brian Cowen piece.

The commission value for each portrait was €2,000. The two new portraits will be installed alongside drawings of other former Taoisigh and Presidents of the Executive Council at the end of December 2017. 

The entire series of drawings on display in the corridor can be viewed on tours of Government Buildings.

The Department of the Taoiseach has also initiated the commissioning of the formal portrait painting of the former Taoiseach Brian Cowen for display in Leinster House and the Office of Public Works will manage the commission on behalf of the Department.

The commission process is in the early stages and it is envisaged that a commission will be awarded and sittings will commence early in 2018.

Guided tours of Government Buildings normally take place every Saturday, and people can call 01-6194411 to arrange a tour.

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