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Pics: Government publications sales office closes today

No more queues for tribunal reports or the latest CSO stats.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS Sales Office in Dublin is to close today following a decline in demand for hard copies of official publications.

The office on Molesworth Street has seen a major drop off in sales in recent years with Office of Public Works Minister Brian Hayes noting that the “nature of publishing has changed dramatically in recent years” when he announced the closure earlier in the month.

Sales revenue fell by over 50 per cent since 2008 with many sales of publications now coming through the OPW call centre and mail order services. The closure will save some €300,000 annually.

In years gone by everything from Dáil and Seanad debates to tribunal and special reports were available from the shop.

But its closure today will now deny photographers the chance to snap people queuing outside the office on the day that a major report is published such as when the Flood Tribunal issued its report in 2002:

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All pics: Photocall Ireland

Have you any memories of the government bookshop? Did you ever queue for the latest tribunal report or have you ever come across some odd publications in there?

Read: Closure of government publication sales office to save €300,000 a year

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