[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Ballagh"]Robert Ballagh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Troubled_Images_Exhibition,_Belfast,_August_2 010_(13).JPG" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/26/Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG/150px-Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/2/26/Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG/150px-Troubled_Images_Exhibition%2C_Belfast%2C_August_20 10_%2813%29.JPG[/ame] is a social radical, who has had problems with special branch - and gets significant grant aid and work from the state (e.g. he is a member of Aosdána)
His art is boring derivative pop art nonsense of limited international appeal - yet he frequently is given national media platforms
His latest alternate reality nonsense is that in order for people to trust Irish banks... the banks need an expensive Irish art collection . We've tolerated and funded these crazy "non value add" spongers for far too long. I vote that the Irish state should cut off the cash to him.
The Irish Times - Letters
cYpMadam, – As a consequence of the retrograde decision by the Bank of Ireland to flog its art collection, I feel I have no choice but to sever all business connections with that financial institution.
I urge all Irish artists to immediately close any accounts they may have with the bank in order to register their disapproval of the bank’s action.
How can Irish artists place their trust in an institution that displays no trust or confidence in Irish art? – Yours, etc,