Welcome to the OPW Web Site
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Office of Public Works website.
In May 2016, I was appointed as a Minister of State by the Taoiseach. My responsibilities are as follows:
Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief.
The OPW is one of the oldest State bodies in Ireland, originally established in August 1831.The OPW manages State property and State buildings throughout the country. It has approximately 1,620 employees in more than 100 locations around Ireland. The OPW's mission statement is "to use our experience and expertise to provide effective, sustainable and innovative services to the public and to our clients with dedication, professionalism and integrity, as directed by Government."
The core functional areas of the Office of Public Works are Flood Risk Management and Estate Portfolio Management. The OPW is an operational arm of the Government.
The main functions of the Office are:
- Advising the Government on flood risk management and flood risk management policy.
- Developing and delivering flood risk management work programmes and measures.
- Managing a maintenance programme of rivers which are drained under the provisions of the Arterial Drainage Acts.
- Providing a shared service in the area of property management and property maintenance, incorporating architectural, engineering, valuation, quantity surveying, project management and facilities management services.
- Managing and preserving of State heritage properties.
Thanks again for visiting this site. I hope you find your visit useful and if you have any queries regarding any items on this site or on the role and responsibility of the Office of Public Works, please call our Public Relations Department at 076 110 6517.
Seán Canney, T.D.