Although Ireland did not participate in the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, it has taken certain steps to abide by its principles. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (the Irish language) has confirmed that Ireland experienced only one case in which allegations concerning provenance were made and did not enact formal implementation mechanisms in this regard. The country’s policy is to monitor these issues as they may evolve and to proceed on a case-by-case basis. Ireland is a signatory to the International Committee of Museums’ Code of Ethics, which commits the country to documenting the provenance of state holdings of artwork. The Irish government funded an evaluation group in 2005 and later funded the work of an internationally recognized expert on Nazi-looted art during World War II to investigate allegations made by the Wiesenthal Center in Paris that the Hunt Museum in Limerick held a significant amount of looted artwork. These investigations found no incidences that the Hunt Museum held looted art.
In 2012-2013, the National Gallery of Ireland received two separate claims for restitution of three paintings in the national collection. It was requested to either return these paintings or conclude a settlement conforming to the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-confiscated Art. While Ireland was not a participant in the conference, the National Gallery’s website confirms it supports the consensus achieved at that conference. The Gallery conducted internal research and commissioned a private provenance researcher; on both claims, the museum declined the requests for return of or a settlement for the items because of insufficient evidence. It also said, however, that if new details come to light it would consider reexamining the claims.
There is no known indication of looted Judaica or Jewish cultural property present in Ireland.