Why, oh why don't our government protect our artistic heritage?
Recently Edna O'Brien's childhood home in Co Clare was withdrawn from auction after failing to meet its guide price and is being sold by private treaty - to whom is not clear. According to reports O'Brien was stunned to hear it had gone for auction, saying she 'loved the place'. There is probably not much to love now as it's reduced to a crumbling ruin with an overgrown garden. But it could be turned into a museum or a writer's retreat, a fitting way to honour one of Ireland's greatest modern writers
Eileen Gray's E1027 in Rocquebrune Cap Martin is regarded as one of the most iconic houses of the 20th century. When Le Corbusier refused to remove the eight sexually explicit murals he'd painted on the'pristine white walls', Eileen Gray left the house, never to return. The Irish government passed up on the opportunity to buy it. It is now in the hands of the French state, acquired in 1999 through the national agency 'Conservatoire du littoral' and the murals more than gray's designs are prime items for protection.