Notice and Takedown Policy


In making digitised material from our archive and special collections available online, the National Gallery of Ireland acts in good faith.  However, despite safeguards, we recognise that material published online may occasionally be in breach of copyright laws or contain sensitive content. 

If you are concerned that you have found material in our digitised collections for which you have not given permission, that contravenes privacy laws,  that may be regarded as obscene or defamatory, or, in terms of copyright law, is not covered by a limitation or exception, please contact us in writing stating the following:

  • Your contact details.
  • The full details of the material.
  • The exact and full URL where you found the material.
  • If the request relates to copyright, provide proof that you are the rights holder and a statement that, under penalty of perjury, you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative.
  • The reason for your request including but not limited to copyright law, privacy laws, data protection, obscenity, defamation etc.


Contact Details:

Digital Collections, Library & Archives Department 

National Gallery of Ireland

Merrion Square West, Dublin D02 K303

Takedown Procedure

Upon receipt of notification the ‘Notice and Takedown’ procedure is then invoked as follows:

  1. The National Gallery of Ireland, Library & Archives will acknowledge receipt of your complaint by email or letter and will make an initial assessment of the validity and plausibility of the complaint.
  2. Upon receipt of a valid complaint the material will be temporarily removed from the relevant collection pending an agreed solution.
  3. We will aim to resolve the issue swiftly and amicably and to the satisfaction of all parties, with the following possible outcomes:
    - The material is replaced unchanged
    - The material is replaced with changes
    - The material is permanently removed from the collection

If a solution is not forthcoming, the material will remain unavailable via the Source website until a time when a resolution has been reached.