DUBLIN is to get a new cultural and heritage centre – after Bank of Ireland made space available at its Parliament Buildings on College Green.
The new centre will be used for the staging exhibitions and other cultural events that will be open to the public.
The deal runs for a period of 10 years, and Bank of Ireland will cover the costs of refurbishment and operating the centre.
Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan said: "I welcome Bank of Ireland’s decision to make this space available to the State.
“The importance of the College Green buildings is recognised by us all. These are nationally and internationally important heritage buildings which have played a significant role in Irish history.
"I am delighted that today's announcement will deliver a public cultural and heritage centre at the heart of the College Green buildings. This is a very significant development, and I want to thank Bank of Ireland for making this space available and for strongly supporting this initiative.
"I now look forward to work taking place to prepare this space and to plan the exhibitions. I hope this Cultural and Heritage Centre will be enjoyed by as many people as possible when open, and that the centre will be an integral part of Dublin City in the years ahead."