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Update on Skellig Michael – Recent rockfall and the award of Boat Permits

The Office of Public Works (OPW) confirmed that good progress has been made in dealing with the major rockfall which was discovered when staff arrived at Skellig Michael, the famous UNESCO World Heritage site located 12 km off the County Kerry coast, earlier in April.  The specialist safety access team who were on the Island last week have surveyed all of the slopes concerned and have satisfactorily resolved all of the areas where there was a suspicion of loose material.  At this stage, no large material remains to threaten the Lighthouse Road, though it is evident that, as conditions remain very dry, there is still a possibility that the actions of burrowing birds in particular may continue to dislodge small material from the mountainside.

24 April 17

 

Serious Rockfall at Skellig Michael Visitor Site

The Office of Public Works (OPW) announced today that another significant rockfall has occurred at the famous Skellig Michael UNESCO World Heritage Site in Co. Kerry, with a large amount of material being deposited from upper slopes onto the roadway in an area vital to the OPW operation on the Island.

This follows on a similar event that occurred in the winter of 2015/16 when boulders falling from the steep slopes above caused damage to the Lighthouse Road and its seaward wall, for a time threatening visitor access to the Monastic site last summer and causing concern at the implications for tourist safety.

11 April 17

 

Canney announces arrangements for the Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme

After attending today’s Government meeting, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney T.D., has announced that the Government has agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme.

11 April 17

 

Minister Canney outlines significant progress on maintenance activity by the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief outlined the range of additional measures being taken to address flood risk on the River Shannon at an event in Athlone Institute of Technology this evening, Monday 10th April.

10 April 17

 

Minister Seán Canney welcomes the official opening by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins, of ‘Parks – Our Shared Heritage’ at Farmleigh Gallery.

Seán Canney TD, Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, today (6 April 2017) welcomed the opening of this significant international exhibition at Farmleigh.

This is a unique collaboration between the Office of Public Works, The Royal Parks and the Hearsum Gallery that chronicles, for the first time ever, the rich history of these breath-taking parks, spanning over three centuries.  The international exhibition showcases artefacts, images, maps and paintings detailing the fascinating shared history between The Royal Parks and The Phoenix Park from their creation up to the present day.

6 April 17

 

OPW announces 'Burning Books' exhibition at Dublin Castle

The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the official launch (today 5 April 2017) of ‘Burning Books’ – an exhibition detailing the reproduction of 14 volumes of the Irish Parliamentary Journals dating from the 1700’s which were destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922.

5 April 17

 

IAWATST Exhibition at The Atrium, OPW H.Q. in Trim

IAWATST is the abbreviation for ‘Interesting And Weird At The Same Time’. It is an intriguing title that reflects the theme of the exhibition. The exhibition is a joint project between the Office of Public Works (OPW), the Department of Finance (DoF, Stormont Executive), Dublin City Council the LAB Gallery and the Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1.

30 March 17

 

Minister Canney’s successful visit to China for St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme for 2017

Seán Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited China as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme for 2017.

24 March 17

 

Cabinet to consider Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme at its next meeting

After attending today’s Government meeting, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Mr. Seán Canney T.D., announced that the Government will consider the administrative arrangements for a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme at the next Cabinet meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday 28 March.

21 March 17

 

Minister Canney attends the Greening of the Great Wall of China

Seán Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, is in China, as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme for 2017

St. Patrick’s Day offers an opportunity for the Irish Government to reach out to other countries, and to our diaspora, in a way that is unique to us.  It allows trade and diplomatic relations to be strengthened and shines a light on Ireland and all we have to offer through our world-renowned greening of iconic sites.

16 March 17

 

OPW announces Greening of State Buildings for St. Patrick's Festival 2017

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (16 March 2017) is delighted to announce that it will be ‘greening’ State buildings for the duration of the 2017 St Patrick’s Festival.

This is the fifth year that OPW will ‘go green’ for the festival and it underscores the important role that the Office plays in the provision of property and heritage services throughout the country.  OPW will light State building and heritage sites for the duration of the festival – 16 - 19 March 2017 by using green filters, specialist lamps and existing lighting control systems.

16 March 17

 

Re-opening of Wellington Road in The Phoenix Park

The OPW wishes to announce that the Wellington Road in The Phoenix Park will reopen from Monday 20th March 2017 following the completion of road repairs and cycle lane installation.

15 March 17

 

A Poem as lovely as a Tree - Schools Poetry Competition for National Tree Week, 2017 Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham

To mark National Tree Week, the Pearse Museum and St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham invited school children from across Dublin City and County to write a poem inspired by trees and forests.  St. Enda's Park contains hundreds of beautiful trees and was formerly the home of Scoil Éanna, Patrick Pearse's experimental school.  Pearse moved his school to scenic Rathfarnham in 1910 because he was anxious that his pupils should develop a 'real interest and love for beautiful living things'.  Pearse was a great lover of nature and many of his poems and other writings were inspired by the beautiful landscape of St. Enda's Park.

13 March 17

 

Minister Canney provides Keynote Address at the GMIT International Construction Management Day Conference

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief provided the keynote address at the GMIT International Construction Management Day Conference which was held in the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway.

9 March 17

 

Minister Canney outlines actions and the investment being made to mitigate flood risk

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief outlined actions and the investment being made to mitigate flood risk.

The Minister said “While water levels in some areas in the Shannon catchment have risen by up to 1.5 metres above the levels a fortnight or so ago, they remain at levels which are well below those experienced during the 2015/2016 flood event. The ESB has provided for an additional discharge of 50m3/s at Parteen Weir over a five-day period which is based on the predicted level of rain that is forecast for the Shannon catchment over that time. This is another example of the continued commitment by the Shannon agencies to work in a co-ordinated way in managing the water levels on the Shannon”. 

8 March 17

 

Minister Canney visits Rathfarnham Castle to mark 185 years of the OPW

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Rathfarnham Castle to mark an exhibition celebrating 185 years of the OPW.

Minister Canney said: “It is right that we acknowledge and record the significant and long lasting impact that the OPW has had on the Irish landscape. We can see this legacy every day in the quality of our infrastructure, the architecture of our built environment and the allure of our heritage attractions. The OPW has a wonderful story to tell and this is brought to life in the OPW 185 exhibition here in Rathfarnham Castle. I would strongly encourage the public that have had their lives enhanced through the legacy of the OPW to visit this exhibition and see for themselves the chronicle of the work that has been undertaken by the OPW.

2 March 17

 

Minister Canney meets with Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Ireland

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief met with Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong to discuss the Minister’s forthcoming visit to China as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme for 2017. 

1 March 17

 

Minister Canney congratulates Casino Marino on its Award for ‘Tunnel Vision: Going Underground at Casino Marino’

Mr. Seán Canney,T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the Casino Marino on its recent award at the Heritage Council’s Heritage Awards Ceremony. 

The Award was presented in recognition of ‘Tunnel Vision: Going Underground at Casino Marino’ which tells the history of the vaults and tunnels in the outside basement of the building.  The long tunnel at the Casino was used in 1921 to practice firing the first two Thompson machine guns that arrived into Ireland from fund raising efforts by Harry Boland in America. 

26 February 17

 

Canney Launches BuildUpon Final Recommendations for a National Renovation Strategy for Ireland

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today launched the Green Building Council’s recommendations for a National Renovation Strategy for Ireland in the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin.

The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) has proposed that the Government and financial institutions introduce a series of financial and tax measures – such as lower interest ‘green mortgages’ – to encourage homeowners, landlords and businesses to engage in ‘deep renovation’ which will significantly reduce their energy use.

23 February 17

 

Presentation to Oireachtas members on Cork City Flood Relief Scheme

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today attended a special presentation of the Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme proposals to Oireachtas members from the City and County areas of Cork.  The presentation was made by the OPW and its Design Team which set out the background to the development of the proposed Scheme along with detailed information on the proposed measures, while also dealing with the issues which have been raised so far by the public as part of the current Public Exhibition process.

23 February 17

 

Minister Canney visits Portrane, County Dublin to see the impact of Coastal Erosion

Seán Canney, T.D. Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Portrane and Burrow Beach to see the impact that coastal erosion is having on the area.

During his visit the Minister met with local Deputies Brendan Ryan and Darragh O’Brien and also spoke with local Councillors, residents and property owners.

22 February 17

 

Minister Canney congratulates award-winning OPW Heritage Sites

Mr. Seán Canney,T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the seven heritage sites, all managed by the OPW, on winning their CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence 2016.  The coveted Awards are presented annually by CIE Tours International and are given in recognition of excellence in Irish Tourism.  Award winners are chosen following independent evaluation of CIE Tours customer surveys.

22 February 17

 

Minister Canney visits spectacular Altamont Gardens "the jewel in Ireland’s Gardening Crown” in Carlow

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D. has made a visit to the spectacular Altamont Gardens in County Carlow. The Minister was in Altamont Gardens to meet with Carlow Tourism and he was accompanied on his visit by Patrick O’Donovan T.D., Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. Altamont is part of the Carlow Garden Trail which is actively promoted by the OPW and Carlow Tourism.

9 February 17

 

OPW delighted to exhibit '1916 Portraits and Lives: An Exhibition by David Rooney' at Pearse Museum

1916 Portraits and Lives is an exhibition of portraits by David Rooney of 42 people whose lives were in one way or another deeply involved in the Easter Rising. The portraits were commissioned to illustrate a book of the same name published by the Royal Irish Academy and the Office of Public Works to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising last year. Some of the portraits were reproduced and featured in a memorable poster campaigns in 2016 which were displayed in bus and railway stations throughout the country. All 42 original illustrations which were commissioned by the Office of Public Works and now form part of the State Art Collection.

8 February 17

 

Minister Canney welcomes stakeholder co-operation on River Shannon flood relief work

The clearing of trees from Madden’s Island to enhance the conveyance capacity and navigation along the River Shannon has been applauded by Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Galway East T.D., Deputy Seán Canney. Minister Canney has cited it as an excellent example of how various State and Government agencies can work together.

8 February 17

 

Minister Canney welcomes confirmation of River Mall (Templemore) Flood Relief Scheme

Mr. Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, is pleased to announce receipt of notification that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Paschal Donohoe T.D., has formally confirmed the River Mall (Templemore) Flood Relief Scheme.

28 January 17

 

Minister Seán Canney outlines ambitious plans for Portumna Castle site

Mr. Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today outlined his ambitious plan for the future of Portumna Castle, stressing its key role in supporting tourism in the East Galway town and building on its existing strong profile with visitors.

23 January 17

 

OPW WELCOMES “VASE: FUNCTION REVIEWED” AT FARMLEIGH GALLERY

VASE: Function Reviewed debates issues of functionality in ceramics through a series of works by Irish and international artists.  The official launch of the exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery will take place on Thursday, 19th January 2017 at 6.30pm and will be opened by Hélène Bremer, Independent Curator and Art Historian

17 January 17

 

Minister of State welcomes the launch of Kilmainham Gaol Autographs website (a unique collection of autograph books owned by prisoners during 1916)

Mr. Sean Canney TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today welcomed the launch of the Kilmainham Gaol Autographs website which is one of the key 1916 Commemoration projects associated with the famous visitor site in Dublin 8 where the Rising Leaders were executed.

4 January 17