Monday 24 July 2017

Taxpayer funds €4m Department of Finance makeover

The Department of Finance in Dublin. Photo: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg
The Department of Finance in Dublin. Photo: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Gordon Deegan

The taxpayer is funding a €4m revamp on the buildings that house the two government departments that oversee the country's finances.

The makeover of buildings that house the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure is ongoing and is due to continue until the autumn under the lead of the Office of Public Works (OPW).

In a written Dáil response to TD Joan Collins, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, warned that "if the current programme of works were not carried out, then both Departments may have needed to vacate the building on health and safety grounds and seek office space elsewhere in the vicinity at additional cost".

According to Minister Noonan: "The project provides the opportunity for some restoration works for the South Block part of the historic Government Buildings complex. 

"Given the historic nature of the building, conservation architects from OPW are overseeing the project and OPW is sharing the total cost of the project with the two departments."

The project includes the replacement of old electrics.

Irish Independent

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