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 The GPO. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The GPO. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The GPO. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A PLANNED 1916 Rising visitor and exhibition centre at the General Post Office (GPO) would attract up to 68 visitors an hour, officials hope.

A request for planning permission has been lodged with Dublin City Council for a new facility, estimated to cost around €5m, at the historic building.

The plans include a two-storey exhibition centre, a raised courtyard deck, a gallery space, a new cafe and a sculpture court.

Under the proposals, the new centre would be located in the east courtyard of the GPO, which is not currently accessible to the public.

There is at present a small postal exhibit in the building which is attracting around 16,000 visitors a year. But according to the plans, a new centre could attract an extra 200,000 people a year, which equates to 550 a day or 68 an hour.

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A spokesperson for An Post told the Herald that the plans were in the very early stages of development.

"The project will reflect the centrality of the GPO to the events of Easter 1916 and will be a fitting focus for the commemoration of the events of Easter week 1916," he said. "It will also serve as a suitable touchstone for the various elements of the decade of commemoration."

A spokesperson for Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan said that a report was being prepared for Government to set out options for key 1916 commemorative events. A separate plan is underway for a commemorative centre at nearby Moore Street – the scene of the last stand of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

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