PRINT April 2001


Declan McGonagle and the IMMA

It appears that an attempt to unseat Declan McGonagle, the director and chief executive of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), has failed. On November 30 the Irish Times reported that McGonagle had been informed by the chair of the museum’s board that his post was “being redefined and would be publicly advertised.” McGonagle immediately applied to the Irish High Court for an injunction restraining the museum from placing an advertisement. On December 2 the High Court postponed hearing the case—it has done so again several times since—pending negotiations between the director and representatives of the board, which have been facilitated by a government-appointed mediator since early January.

The Irish media has treated the dispute largely as a matter of clashing visions for the museum’s future between McGonagle and Marie Donnelly, chair of an incoming board selected early in 2000 by the

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