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Two government departments are getting a €4 million facelift

The project has now started and will continue until Autumn of this year.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin in the Department of the Finance.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin in the Department of the Finance.
Image: Mark Stedman via RollingNews.ie

TWO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS are being repainted and redecorated in a €4 million refurbishment which is already underway and will continue up until this autumn.

The Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform share the office space in the South Block of Government Buildings.

Speaking about the revamp, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Some non-structural partitions are also being removed to optimise office space utilisation.”

He added that the total cost of the project is approximately €4 million.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) commenced a tender process in July 2015 after conducting an investigation of the building in 2014.

It found that a full electrical rewiring and upgrade of the fire systems was necessary and that some electrical equipment was in a very dangerous state. The project has now started and will continue until autumn of this year.

The project includes the replacement of old electrical fittings with energy saving appliances and a complete electrical rewiring, plastering, repainting and redecorating. Fire prevention systems are also being upgraded to current standards.

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Noonan added that: “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 in 2015 and 2016.

“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.”

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