Sunday 22 October 2017

Recently refurbished Dublin Castle building 'fully accessible' for people with disabilities - OPW

Dublin Castle, Ireland
Dublin Castle, Ireland
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A recently refurbished Dublin Castle building is fully accessible for people with disabilities, the OPW has confirmed.

This week, it was alleged that the Printworks building in Dublin Castle – which acted as a major conference space for Ireland's hosting of the European Presidency in 2013 – was not fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Organisers of the “Fire Safety for All” conference, which was due to take place in the Printworks, claimed there were a number of problems with disability access and the venue had to be changed as a result.

However, Colette Davis, a spokesperson for the OPW confirmed today that the Printworks building is “fully compliant” with Part M of the Building Regulations.

The Printworks is fully compliant with regard to accessible parking for people with disabilities, tactile warning systems for people with visual impairment, and manifestations on the glazing for people with visual impairment, she said.

“There are two entrances at either end of the building for the Revenue offices, and fully compliant access ramps and steps are located to account for the three entrances,” she added.

The building’s fire alarm system has voice evacuation speakers and flashing strobe lights in the main foyer, hall and accessible facilities, to alert people with visual and hearing impairments if a fire is happening, she said.

Ms Davis confirmed that the OPW received notification on Friday January 30 that the conference was being moved to a nearby location.

The Printworks Building comprises a large part of the ground floor of the Stamping Building, the upper floors of which are used by the Revenue Commissioners as office accommodation.

The building acted as a major conference space for Ireland's hosting of the European Presidency in 2013.

“The Office of Public Works is happy to provide facilities for many events at Dublin Castle for  Government Departments and Agencies, public and commercial enterprises  and will continue to do so to the highest standard into the future,” the spokesperson added.

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