Current Press Releases

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Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the appointment of the Civil Works Contractor to carry out the construction of the River Fealge (Clonakilty) Flood Relief Scheme

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, was in Clonakilty today to announce that the Office of Public Works has appointed Ward and Burke Construction Ltd as the civil works contractor to carry out the construction of the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme.

23 February 18

 

Free admission for Visitors with Disabilities and Carers at OPW Heritage sites - Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief has today (22nd February) announced free admission for visitors with disabilities and their carers into OPW Heritage Sites from the 1st of May this year.

22 February 18

 

Italian President concludes his two day visit to Ireland with a trip to Castletown House

Italian President Sergio Mattarella, his daughter (and First Lady) Laura Mattarella and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, concluded their two-day State Visit with a trip to Castletown House, Ireland’s largest and most significant Palladian style country house.

16 February 18

 

€1bn investment in flood relief announced in National Development Plan

The announcement of €1bn investment in flood relief management over the course of the next decade is a reflection of Government commitment to defend people’s homes and businesses, Minister of State for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said.

16 February 18

 

Variations on Form A retrospective of twenty years work by Hester Heuff at Rathfarnham Castle from 18th February to 25th March 2018

The Office of Public Works is delighted to showcase “Variations on Form” a retrospective of over twenty years of making by Irish artist Hester Heuff.  The majority of her work has not been seen in a public space previously and this free exhibition in Rathfarmham Castle provides the ideal backdrop in which to view her exciting creations.

15 February 18

 

Statement by Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran regarding Burnfoot, Co. Donegal

The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development of preliminary flood risk management options and the production of Flood Risk Management Plans. 

14 February 18

 

OPW announces dates for paid parking at Glendalough Visitor Centre

The OPW today announced the arrangements that will apply during 2018 for the management of the carpark at the popular Glendalough Visitor Centre in Laragh, Co. Wicklow.

With effect from Saturday February 17th, contractors acting on the OPW's behalf will commence the 2018 paid-admission operation of the carpark and will collect €4 per car to use the facility.  Visitors to the Glendalough Visitor Centre will be refunded this charge when they purchase admission to the Centre.

13 February 18

 

Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran announces the transfer of the Mount Congreve Estate in Waterford to the State

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today announced that the State, through Waterford City and County Council, is to take over the future management and maintenance of the Mount Congreve Estate at Kilmeaden, County Waterford.

9 February 18

 

Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran attends meeting of the Inter-departmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group in Dublin

Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief attended the meeting of the Inter-departmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group on Wednesday, 7th February, where he received updates on progress on implementing Government policy in mitigating flood risk.

8 February 18

 

Enjoy Snowdrop Week at OPW’s beautiful Altamont Gardens

The very popular Snowdrop Week returns to the beautiful Office of Public Works (OPW) gardens at Altamont Gardens in Tullow, Co. Carlow next week (12th-18th February).  This is a wonderful opportunity to view this unique collection of over 200 named varieties of snowdrops as we celebrate the forthcoming arrival of Spring.

7 February 18

 

Minister Moran congratulates award-winning OPW Heritage Sites

Mr. Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief today congratulated the six heritage sites, all managed by the OPW, on winning their CIE Tours International Awards of Excellence 2017.  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.

6 February 18

 

OPW invite Granddaughter of leading Irish suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington to re-enact smashing the windows in Dublin Castle to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

To mark the centenary of women getting the vote in Ireland, the granddaughter of Irish suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington will tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th February) re-enact her grandmother smashing the windows of OPW’s Dublin Castle over a 100 years ago to highlight women's disenfranchisement.  The event hosted by the Office of Public Works will also be attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Micheál Mac Donnacha and will include a speech by Hanna’s granddaughter Micheline Sheehy Skeffington from a “soapbox” similar to that used by suffragettes a century ago. 

5 February 18

 

Minister Moran welcomes flood works at Sruffaunacashlaun Stream & Distillery Canal in Galway City

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief visited Galway City today where works have been approved under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for a project at Sruffaunacashlaun Stream and Distillery Canal. A number of work elements are included which in the overall will mitigate against the flood risk to the NUIG campus and the Westside of the City. 

2 February 18

 

Ministers Madigan and Moran welcome winners of OPW's Annual Winter Solstice Lottery to Newgrange on the 50th Anniversary of the rediscovery of the Solstice Astronomical Phenomenon

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan T.D. along with her Government colleague, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief this morning, (21 December), welcomed the winners of the OPW Winter Solstice Lottery to Newgrange.  Their prize granted them access to the Chamber this morning to witness the Winter Solstice but unfortunately the sun was obscured by cloud.  Nevertheless, the atmosphere at the Monument is weather-proof and all the visitors enjoyed the unique experience of Winter Solstice. The winners were from France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United States of America and Ireland. They were joined at the Monument by a large group of media and onlookers, all seeking to share in the excitement of this unique event.

21 December 17

 

Minister “Boxer” Moran provides an update on progress with the whole of Government response to Flood Risk Management

The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., accompanied by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., today gave an update on progress with the whole of Government response to Flood Risk Management. 

19 December 17

 

Visit to Scotland by the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran T.D.

The Minister of State for the OPW with special responsibility for Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran visited Scotland this week and took in a range of briefings concerning flood risk management, the protection of historic sites and the encouragement of young people into developing a love for heritage.

14 December 17

 

OPW HQ, Trim hosts OPW 185 Exhibition

In 1831, just over 185 years ago, an Act of Parliament in Westminster established the Office of Public Works (OPW). The Act was entitled Public Works (Ireland) Act, 1831 and was subtitled – An Act for the Extension and Promotion of Public Works in Ireland.

To mark this anniversary, the Office of Public Works put together an exhibition celebrating its history and achievements, part of which will be displayed at the OPW HQ in Trim until March 2018.  Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW said, ‘I am delighted to welcome this exhibition to our Headquarters in Trim.  The Exhibition catalogues the long lasting impact that the OPW has had on the quality of our infrastructure, the architecture of our built environment and the allure of our heritage attractions. I would encourage all to come and visit this free Exhibition’.

12 December 17

 

OPW Publishes Report on Public Consultation on Cork City Flood Relief Scheme. Publication of Exhibition Report on €140 million Flood Relief Scheme for Cork City addresses issues raised during statutory public consultation process.

Today, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and its consultants Arup published the Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme Exhibition Report which responds to and addresses the issues which were raised by the public as part of the statutory public consultation process on the proposed Scheme which ran from December 2016 to April 2017.

6 December 17