It's yes Axminster for Merrion Street's mandarins
It's been a hive of frenetic activity and corridor-pacing for the past eight years, and it seems that overworked civil servants, IMF officials and burghers from Brussels have worn out the carpet at the Department of Finance.
The whole six-floor office at Government Buildings on Dublin's Merrion Street is getting an Axminster makeover.
The Office of Public Works (OPW), whose remit includes the maintenance of government and public buildings, has just sought tenders for the completion of a project to fit new carpet and lino at the Department.
With no intention of post-election humour, the OPW points out that the carpet must be either Axminster or Wilton. The carpet must also be moth resistant and have only a "low radius of char" with respect to flammability.
Heated arguments will still be permitted, presumably.
Some work to fit the new carpets and lino has already started, and is set run to the end of November. The OPW said yesterday that it would take it until next week before it could track down more details of the Department of Finance project.
The successful tenderer also has to dispose of the old carpets. Who knows what they'll find under them?