Canney outlines the significant level of spending on Flood Relief Works

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Seán Canney, T.D., today outlined the significant level of investment made by the OPW in addressing and alleviating flood risk in 2016.

24 December 16

 

Tenders sought for Major Flood Relief Works in Clonakilty

Mr. Seán Canney T.D., Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, announced today that a tender competition has been advertised on eTenders.ie for a major flood relief scheme for the town of Clonakilty in Cork.

23 December 16

 

Minister Canney welcomes winners of OPW's Annual Winter Solstice Lottery to Newgrange for the Solstice

Sean Canney 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 ready 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 Finland, Germany, Isle of Man, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Northern Ireland 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 16

 

Minister Seán Canney receives donation to the State of historic Castletown House documentation.

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Seán Canney, today (15th December 2016) accepted the donation of a collection of historic legal papers to the State.

The papers are associated with the history of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare and the Conolly family of that house.

15 December 16

 

The OPW announces the launch of the “IAWATST” Exhibition at The Alley, Arts and Conference Centre, Strabane

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.

13 December 16

 

Minister of State, Seán Canney, T.D., announces major investment in flood relief for Cork - launches Cork City Flood Relief Scheme

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Seán Canney, T.D., today announced a major investment in flood relief works for Cork City bringing protection to 2,100 properties at the official launch of the Public Exhibition Stage of the Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme.

12 December 16

 

Minister appoints new Chairman of the OPW

Mr. Maurice Buckley has been appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform as Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW).

12 December 16

 

Shannon Flood Risk Group takes unprecedented decision for the commencement of planning for strategic maintenance works to be carried out on the River Shannon

The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group at its meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim on 2 December, 2016 took a major decision to develop a plan for a strategic maintenance programme on the River Shannon. Programmed maintenance works have not been carried out on the Shannon for a significant period of time and silt and vegetation has built up which impacts on the river’s conveyance capacity. The Shannon Flood Risk Group, which is led by the OPW, considers that maintenance works on the Shannon are essential to halt the deterioration of the river channel. It recognises that the carrying out of strategic maintenance works on the Shannon will be problematic and in bringing forward its plans, the Group will be addressing all of the necessary legal, environmental, technical and other considerations that arise. It intends to bring together all of the relevant stakeholders to discuss, initiate and manage the development of this programme.

9 December 16

 

Civil Service Awards showcase staff excellence & innovation within the Office of Public Works

The Commissioners of Public Works are delighted to hear that the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme received the Citizen Impact Award at the Civil Service Excellence & Innovation Awards, this evening at Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

7 December 16

 

Phoenix Park Christmas Crib 2016

The annual live Christmas Crib will go on display at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre from Saturday, 3rd December at 10am.

This year, the animals have been kindly supplied by local farmers through Agri Aware.

There will be carol singing at the crib at 10.30am and this will be provided by Kylemore College, Ballyfermot and The Wood Turners Guild from Castleknock College will also demonstrate wood turning at Ashtown Castle.

2 December 16

 

OPW NLI Exhibition at The Main Guard

The Office of Public Works (OPW) announces, with the kind co-operation of the National Library of Ireland, the official opening of "Rising", a major photographic exhibition which showcases the Library’s rich imagery of the events and Dublin locations of the 1916 Rising at The Main Guard, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. 

1 December 16

 

Road Works - Wellington Road, Phoenix Park

The OPW wishes to announce that the Wellington Road in Phoenix Park will be closed to all traffic from 28th November 2016 for a period of 6 weeks to accommodate road repairs and cycle lane installation.

23 November 16

 

Taoiseach visits €6m Flood Relief Scheme at Craughwell

An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. and the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Sean Canney, T.D., today visited Craughwell, Co Galway where works are underway on the Dunkellin River & Aggard Stream Flood Relief Scheme. 

21 November 16

 

The OPW launched IAWATST Exhibition at The Printworks, Dublin Castle

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.

The children of 4th class from the Central Model Senior School selected the 20 artworks for the exhibition and the title reflects their fresh and open responses.  Using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method, The LAB team led lively discussions with the children prior to and during their visits to select the artworks from the diverse range of historic and contemporary works in both the OPW and the DoF collections. 

16 November 16

 

Minster Canney announces €2m for Targeted Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme and significant progress on Ireland’s approach to Flood Risk Management.

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 he has secured €2m for the introduction of a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme.

The Minister said “this is a targeted humanitarian aid scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded during last Winter and had flooded in previous years to ensure those worst affected homeowners have a primary residence”.

He said that the Government has agreed that while the terms of funding for relocation will be in line with the previous scheme in 2009; he is to appraise Government of the ongoing review of the administrative arrangements from that earlier scheme, to ensure that the arrangements for this once-off scheme are reflective of its targeted objective and all relevant circumstances.

 

 

 

8 November 16

 

Minister Canney notes the announcement by Irish Water of the “Preferred Scheme” for the supply of water to the Eastern and Midlands Region

Séan Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (8 November, 2016) noted the publication by Irish Water of their “Final Options Appraisal Report” which identifies the preferred scheme for a new source of water supply for the Eastern and Midlands Region.

8 November 16

 

OPW delighted to exhibit 'The Museum of August Destiny' at Pearse Museum

The Museum of August Destiny is an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the resonance of the Proclamation a century after it was written. It presents a small 'capsule' museum responding to the final line of the 1916 Proclamation, in which the Irish nation is exhorted to 'prove itself worth of the august destiny to which it is called.'

The exhibition will be launched at 5pm on Thursday, 3 November by Professor Sarah Prescott, Principal, UCD College of Arts and Humanities. The exhibition runs until January 8th, 2017, and admission is free.

2 November 16

 

The OPW welcomes “OPW185” Exhibition to Rathfarnham Castle

On 15th October 1831 – 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 has put together an exhibition that will be displayed at Rathfarnham Castle until 28th February 2017.

1 November 16

 

OPW delighted to exhibit ‘Pushing Boundaries’ at Farmleigh Gallery

H.E. Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland, today, (27 October 2016) officially launched an exhibition entitled ‘Pushing Boundaries’ at Farmleigh Gallery.

This Exhibition marks the first time that the Printmakers Council have exhibited in Ireland. The title Pushing Boundaries recognizes that 2016 is a significant year for Ireland as the centenary of the Irish Revolution and the beginnings of a new nation. Many events are being held across the country to mark the year and this exhibition might be seen as a small but significant part of the living historical process, taking place between Ireland and the UK.

27 October 16

 

The OPW and the Crawford Art Gallery welcomes ‘The Crawford at the Castle' Exhibition to Dublin Castle

Minister Heather Humphreys, TD. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (19 October 2016) officially launched an exhibition entitled ‘The Crawford at the Castle’ in Dublin Castle. 

The Crawford at the Castle: Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection sees the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery travel to Dublin for the first time in its near 200-year history. A selection of 59 works of Irish art from the Crawford’s permanent collection will be exhibited in both the historic State Apartments and Coach House at Dublin Castle, establishing interesting resonance between the two institutions.

19 October 16

 

Séan Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief attends the fifth meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group

Séan Canney, T.D., Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (18 October, 2016) attended the fifth meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group in Government Buildings in Dublin.  An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. also addressed the Group which was chaired by the incoming Chairman of the Office of Public Works Mr. Maurice Buckley.

19 October 16

 

Minister Seán Canney addresses the Irish National Flood Forum Conference in Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Speaking at the Conference the Minister said ”Managing flood risk is a key priority for this Government. From assessment to delivery of solutions the Government is actively working to alleviate and mitigate the damage from flooding.  Government investment of €480m since 1995 with over 37 completed major flood defence schemes and almost 600 minor schemes, provided protection to 12,000 properties last winter.

Building on this past investment, the Government has demonstrated its support of flood relief by extending its commitment to provide €430 million to Flood Risk Management between 2016 and 2021. Annually the allocation for flood defence works will more than double from €45m to €100m per annum”.

15 October 16

 

Minister Canney outlines progress on flood relief works in the Shannon catchment area

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Seán Canney has today outlined progress on flood relief works in the Shannon catchment area.

6 October 16

 

Seasonal Guides/Information Officers (Temporary Positions)

The Office of Public Works is recruiting Seasonal Guides/Information Officers.

Please note that offers of temporary employment will only be made to successful candidates on foot of this competition.

6 October 16

 

Minister Canney congratulates the Winter Solstice Lottery Winners for 2016

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) congratulates the lucky winners in the Winter Solstice Lottery Draw for 2016.  The Winter Solstice Lottery draw takes place each year in the Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange to select those who will be allowed access into the Newgrange Chamber over the winter solstice period.

4 October 16

 

Minister Seán Canney announces the Suir draft Flood Risk Management Plan for statutory public consultation

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today (4th October) announced details of the draft Flood Risk Management Plan for public consultation for the Suir River Basin District, the final draft plan in the series. This consultation will run for ten weeks until 13th December, 2016. Consultation is ongoing on the draft Plans for the South Eastern, North Western, Neagh Bann, Western and Eastern River Basin Districts on a rolling basis. The public consultation period for the Shannon and South Western draft Plans closed on 23rd September.

4 October 16

 

Minister of State, Sean Canney, T.D., announces the completion of safety works at Skellig Michael.

Seán Canney, T.D., Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today announced the completion of a series of complicated and technically difficult safety works at Skellig Michael, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site which is located 12 kilometres off the Kerry coast.

30 September 16

 

Minister of State, Sean Canney, T.D., welcomes inclusion of flood-related measures in new Housing Bill.

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today (30th September) welcomed the inclusion of flood-related measures in the new legislation that the Government has agreed to prioritise for enactment before year end.

30 September 16

 

Minister of State, Sean Canney, T.D., visits the Dunkellin River & Aggard Stream Flood Relief Scheme – Monday, 26th September 2016

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Sean Canney, T.D., today visited Craughwell, Co Galway where works have begun on the Dunkellin River & Aggard Stream Flood Relief Stream. The Minister was accompanied by elected representatives and officials from the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Galway County Council (GCC) along with representatives from the Scheme’s design consultants. Construction works on the Scheme which is being managed and led by GCC, commenced in June of this year and will be carried out over a three year period with substantial completion expected to be achieved by the end of 2018.

26 September 16

 

Minister Seán Canney announces further tranche of draft Flood Risk Management Plans for statutory public consultation

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today (23rd September) announced details of a further tranche of draft Flood Risk Management Plans for public consultation for the Eastern River Basin District. This consultation will run for ten weeks until 2nd December, 2016. Consultation is ongoing on the draft Plans for the South Eastern, North Western, Neagh Bann and Western River Basin Districts on a rolling basis. The public consultation period for the Shannon and South Western Draft Plans ends today.

23 September 16

 

Minister Seán Canney receives the Dutch Peer Review Report on Irish Flood Risk Management.

Minister Seán Canney, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today received the Dutch Peer Review Report on Irish Flood Risk Management from Mr. Paul Schellekens, Dutch Ambassador to Ireland.

16 September 16

 

Minister of State, Seán Canney, T.D., visits Claregalway Flood Relief Scheme

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Sean Canney, T.D., today visited the site works of the Claregalway Flood Relief Scheme in the company of elected representatives and officials from the OPW and the design consultants. Construction works on the Scheme commenced in June of this year and will be carried out over a 3 year period with substantial completion expected to be achieved by the end of 2018.

16 September 16

 

Minister Seán Canney announces further tranche of draft Flood Risk Management Plans for statutory public consultation

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today (13th September) announced details of a further tranche of draft Flood Risk Management Plans for public consultation for the Western River Basin District. This consultation will run for ten weeks until 22nd November, 2016. Consultation is already underway on the draft Plans for the Shannon, South Western, South Eastern, North Western and Neagh Bann River Basin Districts on a rolling basis from 15th July.

13 September 16

 

OPW confirm its continued commitment to manage and present St Stephen’s Green Park as a first class amenity.

The Office of Public Works today (9 September 2016) confirmed its continued commitment to manage and present St Stephen’s Green Park as a first class amenity.  Unfortunately unauthorised access outside the Park's normal opening hours is an issue.  Despite the Park's historic railings, its difficult to secure its perimeter, which extends to 2km, from determined or desperate intruders. Unfortunately, drug use and homelessness are two major social issues that not only effect the day to day management of this popular Park but also the City Centre.

12 September 16

 

Minister Seán Canney announces further tranche of draft Flood Risk Management Plans for statutory public consultation

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today (19 August) announced details of a further tranche of draft Flood Risk Management Plans for public consultation for the South Eastern, North Western and Neagh Bann River Basin Districts. This consultation will run for ten weeks until 28 October, 2016. Consultation is already underway on the draft Plans for Shannon and South Western River Basin Districts which commenced on 15th July.

19 August 16

 

Tunnel Vision: Going Underground at Casino Marino

The OPW announce the opening of a new Exhibition at the Casino Marino telling the history of the vaults and tunnels in the outside basement of the building. The Casino Marino, Ireland’s miniature architectural masterpiece, has just added another secret to its already full repertoire of secret plans and clever tricks. Visitors can now explore the story of the long tunnel as part of the regular paid tour.

11 August 16

 

Minister Seán Canney encourages Local Authorities to avail of Flood Relief and Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme.

Minister Seán Canney, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (11 August 2016) has contacted CEOs of all local authorities to acknowledge the significant work of and contribution made by the City and County Councils in addressing flooding problems throughout the country. In addition, Minister Canney has reminded authorities of the availability of the Minor Works Scheme and to make the best possible use of the scheme to deal with localised fluvial and coastal flooding problems that may be eligible for funding under the scheme.

11 August 16

 

OPW - Conserving and extending the life of the surviving historic decorative plasterwork at Ormonde Castle

The Office of Public Works has confirmed today (10 August 2016) that it is making good progress with the ongoing conservation work it is undertaking at Ormonde Castle in Carrick on Suir and confirmed plans for the future tourism potential of the site.

10 August 16

 

Minister Seán Canney welcomes the official opening by Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins, of the Commemorative Avenue in the Phoenix Park

Seán Canney TD, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, today welcomes (30 July 2016) the creation of a new Commemorative Avenue in the Phoenix Park to celebrate the significant events in Irish History between 1912 and 1922.

30 July 16

 

Minister Canney welcomes opening of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park for limited public guided tours.

Seán Canney TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (29 July 2016) welcomed the start of the limited guided tours to view the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park.

28 July 16

 

OPW concludes repair work on Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael

The Office of Public Works confirmed today (22 July 216) that major repair works which were made necessary following damage to a rockfall which damaged a key section of the road and wall at Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael island in Kerry, have this week been successfully concluded and the Island infrastructure reinstated.

22 July 16

 

Office of Public Works announces the official opening of ‘Conversations at the Main Guard’ – An Exhibition of Portraits from the State Art Collection

The Office of Public Works is delighted to welcome visitors today (21 July 2016) to ‘Conversations at the Main Guard’ a selection of portraits from the State Art Collection in The Main Guard, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

21 July 16

 

Minister Canney launches ‘Conversations at the Casino’ Exhibition at Casino Marino

Minister Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (19 July) launched ‘Conversations at the Casino’ – An Exhibition of Portraits from the State Art Collection.

19 July 16

 

Minister Seán Canney announces commencement of the statutory consultative process for draft Flood Risk Management Plans.

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) today (15th July) announced details of the commencement of the public consultation process for Draft Flood Risk Management Plans starting with the Shannon and South Western River Basin Districts. The draft Plans have been produced through the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme (CFRAM).

15 July 16

 

Skellig Michael : Use of Life saving equipment on passenger boats.

Further to the debate that occurred on the RTE Liveline radio show on Wednesday 13th July, the Office of Public Works (OPW) wishes to clarify the position about what passengers on vessels destined for Skellig Michael should expect by way of measures designed to protect them during the voyage.

14 July 16

 

Minister Canney welcomes continued co-operation with Insurance Industry on flood defence issues

Minister Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief met the representative body of the insurance industry, Insurance Ireland to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern on Wednesday 6 Jul 2016.

7 July 16

 

Minister Canney launches four visitor initiatives at Derrynane National Historic Park

Minister Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (24 June) was in Derrynane House to launch four interconnected visitor initiatives for Derrynane National Historic Park. 

24 June 16

 

Minister Canney announces €11m Bandon Flood Relief Scheme Contract

Minister Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (10 June) announced the appointment of Wills Bros. Ltd as civil engineering contractor for the construction of the Bandon Flood Relief scheme to provide much needed flood protection for the town.

10 June 16

 

OPW delighted to announce official opening of ‘two birds/one stone’ exhibition at Farmleigh Gallery on Saturday 11 June 2016 at 2pm.

The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the official opening of ‘two birds/one stone’ exhibition which will be officially opened by Manchán Magan on Saturday 11 June 2016 at 2pm.

There will also be a talk by the curator, Janet Mullarney on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 2pm.

9 June 16

 

Minister Canney meets the Interdepartmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group

Minister Seán Canney TD , Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today (3 June) welcomed his first meeting with the members of the Interdepartmental Flood Policy Co-Ordination Group whom he met yesterday 2 June 2016.

3 June 16

 

Significant redevelopment and regeneration of key city centre site planned by OPW and Receivers to Apollo House as applications are lodged with Dublin City Council.

The Office of Public Works and Tom O’Brien and Simon Coyle of Mazars as Joint Receivers to Cuprum Properties Limited, appointed by NAMA, are delighted to announce today (Friday 3 June), that planning applications were lodged with Dublin City Council for the redevelopment and regeneration of key city centre sites on which currently stand Hawkins and Apollo House.

3 June 16

 

OPW announces new traffic control measures at Glendalough Visitor Centre

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (31 May 2016) announced that it will shortly begin implementing new traffic control measures at the popular Glendalough Visitor Centre in Laragh Co. Wicklow in an effort to alleviate some of the difficulties that have arisen from the popularity of the site and the surrounding area.

31 May 16

 

OPW announces season opening date for Skellig Michael

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today confirmed that Skellig Michael, the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site located off the Kerry coast, will open to visitors on Sunday 15th May this year.  

13 May 16

 

OPW welcomes ‘1916 Portraits and Lives’ Exhibition to Kilmainham Gaol

Chairman Clare McGrath, Office of Public Works today (12 May 2016) officially launched an exhibition entitled ‘1916 Portraits and Lives’ in Kilmainham Gaol.

The exhibition of portraits by David Rooney, illustrates 42 lives selected by James Quinn and Lawrence W. White from the Dictionary of Irish Biography and are included in the Royal Irish Academy’s publication 1916 Portraits and Lives. This explores the lives and careers of 42 men and women and their involvement with the Easter Rising of 1916.

12 May 16

 

UPDATE: Further rockfall at Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael on Monday 9th May

The Office of Public Works was advised today that a further serious rockfall has this afternoon (9 May 2016) occurred at Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael , just days before the scheduled reopening of the Island on Saturday next to visitors for the new 2016 season.

9 May 16

 

OPW confirms opening of Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael site after urgent repairs

Clare Mc Grath, Chairman of the Office of Public Works today welcomed the news that Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael, the renowned National Monument and World Heritage site located 12 km off the Kerry coast, is ready to receive visitors on Saturday next, 14th May this year, as planned, weather permitting. The scheduled opening of the world famous Island had been put into some doubt earlier this year when it was discovered that severe winter weather had caused significant damage which directly affected the Lighthouse Road, the main route for visitor access from the landing Pier to the famed early Christian Monastic site.

9 May 16

 

OPW delighted to exhibit ‘Portraits of a Nation’ in Farmleigh Gallery

The Office of Public Works is delighted to welcome visitors today (19 April 2016) to ‘Portraits of a Nation’ a selection of portraits from the State Art Collection in Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park. The exhibition features 82 portraits by 54 artists and spans five centuries from a School of Rembrandt portrait dating to the 1630s to portraits created in 2016, such as eight prints by David Rooney from his original illustrations created for the 1916 Portraits and Lives book which was published recently by the Royal Irish Academy.

19 April 16

 

Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the official opening of ‘In the Shadow of the Castle – Dublin Castle in 1916’

The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the official opening (today 6 April 2016) of ‘In the Shadow of the Castle – Dublin Castle in 1916’ – an exhibition on the role that the building played leading up to, during and after the Easter Rising. 

6 April 16

 

OPW announces new opening hours for Emo Court Park, Co. Laois.

The Office of Public Works today (6 April 2016) has announced new opening hours for Emo Court Park effective from Monday 11 April 2016.

6 April 16

 

Minister Harris notes report from the C&AG on Flood Risk Management

Simon Harris TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works today (5 April 2016) noted the publication of the C&AG's Special Report.

5 April 16

 

Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Volunteers attend special event in new Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre

Simon Harris TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works today (5 April 2016) hosted a special Reception for surviving members of the Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Society and their families in the newly-adapted Visitor Centre in the former Courthouse next door.

5 April 16

 

Minister Harris welcomes OPW support of Light it up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) today (1 April 2016) is delighted to announce that OPW will be lighting some State buildings blue to mark World Autism Awareness day on 2 April 2016.

1 April 16

 

Minister Simon Harris welcomes the official opening by An tÚachtaráin, Mr. Michael D. Higgins, of the new Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre

Simon Harris, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, today (30 March 2016) welcomed a new era for the Kilmainham Gaol Museum with the opening of its new Visitor Centre in the former Courthouse building.

30 March 16

 

OPW update on Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael Storm Damage - Monastery Undamaged

The Office of Public Works today (24 March 2016) has the following update on earlier reports of a breach to the Lighthouse Road wall at Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael. The Island was finally accessed by OPW and Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht staff on Monday of this week (21 March 2016) and the damage inspected at first hand. It is clear, following the inspection, that, though the damage is significant, visitor access will be feasible in time for the start of the official visitor season, which is 14 May.

24 March 16

 

OPW confirms winter storm damage on Sceilg Mhichíl/Skellig Michael

The Office of Public Works today (15 March 2016) confirmed that it has received reports of significant winter storm damage on Sceilg Mhichíl, the famous World Heritage Site off the Kerry coast.

15 March 16

 

OPW announces record visitor numbers to OPW Heritage Sites in 2015

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (14 March 2016) announced another successful year for visitor numbers to its heritage sites.

14 March 16

 

OPW announces Greening of State Buildings for St Patricks Festival 2016

The Office of Public Works (OPW) today (14 March 2016) is delighted to announce that it will be ‘greening’ State buildings for the duration of the 2016 St Patrick’s Festival.

14 March 16

 

OPW launches ‘1916 Easter Rising in St Stephen’s Green’ Exhibition in St. Stephen’s Green

The Office of Public Works is delighted to announce the official opening today (14 March 2016) of the ‘1916 Easter Rising in St. Stephen’s Green Exhibition’ in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

14 March 16

 

OPW announces changes to the system of ferrying passengers to Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry.

The Office of Public Works today (9 March 2016) announced certain changes to the regulatory system governing the ferrying of visitors to the Skellig Michael World Heritage site in Co. Kerry. The new system replaces the existing arrangements which have been in place since 1994 and is designed to ensure that improved and consistent standards of safety and customer service for the carriage of tourists to the Island are developed and maintained.

9 March 16

 

OPW honoured with award for management of Phoenix Park Deer

On Saturday 5th March 2016, the OPW was awarded with the John Nicholson Perpetual Trophy from The Irish Deer Society.

9 March 16

 

Clare McGrath, Chairman of the Office of Public Works, chairs the first meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group

Clare McGrath, Chairman of the of the Office of Public Works, today (1 February 2016) chaired the first meeting of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group.

1 February 16

 

Minister Harris launches new Guidebook for Altamont Gardens, Co Carlow.

Minister Simon Harris, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works today (27 January 2016) launched a new Visitors’ Guidebook for the internationally renowned heritage gardens of Altamont, Co. Carlow.

27 January 16

 

Minister Harris marks OPW take-over of major Heritage Gardens in Cork.

Minister Simon Harris, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works today (27 January 2016) marked the donation to the State of the Annes Grove Estate in Castletownroche, Co. Cork.

27 January 16

 

Minister Harris welcomes Government Decision to approve the terms of reference for the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group.

Minister Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, today (26 January 2016) welcomed the Government Decision to approve the terms of reference for the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group.

26 January 16

 

Ministers and Garda Commissioner welcome refurbishment of former Wicklow Garda Station.

Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) today (25 January 2016) officially welcomed the completion of the refurbishment of former Wicklow Garda Station.

25 January 16

 

Ministers welcome European Investment Bank provision of €200m for investment in flood protection schemes.

Flood protection schemes across Ireland will benefit from a new €200 million long-term loan sourced from the European Investment Bank (EIB). Under this initiative, the EIB will help part-finance the Irish Government’s Flood Protection Capital Investment Programme costing over €400m and expected to be implemented between 2016 and 2020.

14 January 16