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#Office of Public Works

# office-of-public-works - Monday 11 January, 2021

Proposals put forward to reduce traffic volume through Phoenix Park
# Park It
# Park It

Proposals put forward to reduce traffic volume through Phoenix Park

Jan 11th 2021, 10:30 PM 19,959 Views 71 Comments

The Office of Public Works said more sustainable transport options and a safer environment for walkers and cyclists could be provided.

# office-of-public-works - Monday 7 December, 2020

Phoenix Park side gates closure sparked complaints after two hour traffic delay
# Closed Gates
# Closed Gates

Phoenix Park side gates closure sparked complaints after two hour traffic delay

Dec 7th 2020, 6:30 AM 39,769 Views 16 Comments

The OPW had made the move to shut down the side gates of the famous park at weekends.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 3 December, 2020

Newgrange to livestream solstice sunrise
# SOLSTICE STREAM
# SOLSTICE STREAM

Newgrange to livestream solstice sunrise

Dec 3rd 2020, 3:12 PM 27,283 Views 18 Comments

The neolithic tomb is closed to visitors this winter solstice.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 24 July, 2020

Admission charges for Dún Aonghasa, Castletown House and other heritage sites to be waived
# Tourism
# Tourism

Admission charges for Dún Aonghasa, Castletown House and other heritage sites to be waived

Jul 24th 2020, 3:37 PM 33,107 Views 14 Comments

The government hopes this will help to encourage people to take trips within Ireland.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 10 July, 2020

'It will be back to car city': Disagreement over reopening of most Phoenix Park gates
# Traffic
# Traffic

'It will be back to car city': Disagreement over reopening of most Phoenix Park gates

Jul 10th 2020, 12:05 PM 16,734 Views 131 Comments

All gates bar one reopen from today after closing in March due to pandemic restrictions.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 5 June, 2020

OPW confirms majority of Phoenix Park gates to remain closed to vehicular traffic
# Dublin
# Dublin

OPW confirms majority of Phoenix Park gates to remain closed to vehicular traffic

Jun 5th 2020, 10:38 AM 15,228 Views 35 Comments

Many gates in the park were closed in March following the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 14 February, 2020

Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore
# Billed Gates
# Billed Gates

Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope Francis visit will cost over €800,000 to restore

Feb 14th 2020, 6:05 AM 89,397 Views 81 Comments

The Office of Public Works hopes the gates will be rehung by the end of this year.

# office-of-public-works - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

Charlie Flanagan asked OPW not to cull 20 Phoenix Park deer and to send them to Laois instead
# Charlie Flanagan
# Charlie Flanagan

Charlie Flanagan asked OPW not to cull 20 Phoenix Park deer and to send them to Laois instead

Dec 25th 2019, 11:00 PM 47,601 Views 48 Comments

The minister wanted to have the deer relocated to a 250-acre estate in Laois.

# office-of-public-works - Saturday 28 September, 2019

Here's what topped the list of the most visited OPW sites in Ireland last year
# Pulling In The Crowds
# Pulling In The Crowds

Here's what topped the list of the most visited OPW sites in Ireland last year

Sep 28th 2019, 9:30 AM 50,539 Views 15 Comments

Kilkenny, Dublin and Wicklow had the top three most visited attractions last year.

# office-of-public-works - Saturday 7 September, 2019

Historic Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope visit finally set to be restored
# OPW
# OPW

Historic Phoenix Park gates removed for Pope visit finally set to be restored

Sep 7th 2019, 6:30 AM 24,909 Views 55 Comments

The gates were taken down in August 2018 ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 6 September, 2019

State-hired vet shot more than 150 deer in Cork wildlife park over last four years
# Doneraile Park
# Doneraile Park

State-hired vet shot more than 150 deer in Cork wildlife park over last four years

Sep 6th 2019, 6:30 AM 34,072 Views 55 Comments

The marksman was paid on a ‘keep-what-you-kill basis’.

# office-of-public-works - Saturday 24 August, 2019

'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites

Aug 24th 2019, 12:05 AM 53,744 Views 46 Comments

The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 26 July, 2019

Artwork containing sexual words and images in Dept of Health moved after complaint
# In Rude Health
# In Rude Health

Artwork containing sexual words and images in Dept of Health moved after complaint

Jul 26th 2019, 6:05 AM 38,183 Views 32 Comments

The OPW said the piece has been moved into an individual office now after “an objection” to the artwork.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 25 July, 2019

Visitor books will be returned to heritage sites after data protection concerns
# Data Confusion
# Data Confusion

Visitor books will be returned to heritage sites after data protection concerns

Jul 25th 2019, 5:39 PM 9,393 Views 4 Comments

The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.

# office-of-public-works - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Data Commission says banning visitor books is a 'disproportionate approach' to data privacy
# Data Privacy
# Data Privacy

Data Commission says banning visitor books is a 'disproportionate approach' to data privacy

Jul 23rd 2019, 6:14 PM 25,182 Views 31 Comments

The books were banned from heritage sites such as Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle.

# office-of-public-works - Sunday 3 February, 2019

OPW sold carcasses of Phoenix Park deer culled by state-hired marksman to game dealer
# Deery Me
# Deery Me

OPW sold carcasses of Phoenix Park deer culled by state-hired marksman to game dealer

Feb 3rd 2019, 10:00 PM 47,160 Views 77 Comments

Annual culls are carried out by the OPW to manage the number of wild deer in the park.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 22 November, 2018

€1.6 million on stewards and €76k on catering: How much the Pope's visit cost the taxpayer
# Breakdown
# Breakdown

€1.6 million on stewards and €76k on catering: How much the Pope's visit cost the taxpayer

Nov 22nd 2018, 6:00 AM 14,021 Views 43 Comments

As of 1 November, the OPW had spent €15,754,639.37 on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 25 May, 2018

Dublin Castle courtyard will be open to the public tomorrow ... but don't expect any big screens
# Count Day
# Count Day

Dublin Castle courtyard will be open to the public tomorrow ... but don't expect any big screens

May 25th 2018, 6:13 PM 42,141 Views 135 Comments

In 2015, large crowds congregated in the space for the Marriage Equality count results.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 4 January, 2018

'We cannot stress how dangerous it is': Ancient Kerry fort closed after storm damage
# Dunbeg Fort
# Dunbeg Fort

'We cannot stress how dangerous it is': Ancient Kerry fort closed after storm damage

Jan 4th 2018, 4:27 PM 22,859 Views 19 Comments

The site is precariously placed on a cliff edge.

# office-of-public-works - Sunday 23 July, 2017

Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award
# Heritage
# Heritage

Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award

Jul 23rd 2017, 7:00 PM 38,004 Views 12 Comments

The Green Flag Awards recognise parks that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.

# office-of-public-works - Saturday 1 July, 2017

7 Irish heritage sites to visit now that kids can go for free
# Magnificent Seven
# Magnificent Seven

7 Irish heritage sites to visit now that kids can go for free

Jul 1st 2017, 8:45 AM 33,099 Views 15 Comments

Dozens of heritage sites across the country are giving children under 12 free admission.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 19 May, 2017

'People's hearts are broken by the thought of this': Cork locals launch their own flood defence plans
# Love The Lee
# Love The Lee

'People's hearts are broken by the thought of this': Cork locals launch their own flood defence plans

May 19th 2017, 6:34 PM 27,307 Views 12 Comments

The group Save Cork City is launching the plans this evening.

# office-of-public-works - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Here's why Sean Canney and Kevin 'Boxer' Moran will NOT both get ministerial pensions
# Rotating Ministry
# Rotating Ministry

Here's why Sean Canney and Kevin 'Boxer' Moran will NOT both get ministerial pensions

Feb 11th 2017, 6:45 AM 12,513 Views 10 Comments

The TDs flipped a coin last year to decide who would take the first shift as junior minister.

# office-of-public-works - Sunday 5 February, 2017

Minister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close ally by August
# Trading Places
# Trading Places

Minister who got job after coin toss to swap role with close ally by August

Feb 5th 2017, 1:50 PM 18,579 Views 39 Comments

OPW junior minister Sean Canney will be rotating the ministry with Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 3 February, 2017

We put concerns about Cork's Drainage Scheme to the people in charge of it
# Office Of Public Works
# Office Of Public Works

We put concerns about Cork's Drainage Scheme to the people in charge of it

Feb 3rd 2017, 9:21 PM 8,014 Views 23 Comments

Cork city are to receive €140 million as part of the Drainage Scheme – the biggest one of it’s kind in the history of the state.

# office-of-public-works - Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Demolition of Apollo House put on hold
# Home Sweet Home
# Home Sweet Home

Demolition of Apollo House put on hold

Jan 25th 2017, 9:11 AM 11,037 Views 14 Comments

Objections about plans for the site have been made to An Bord Pleanála.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 26 February, 2015

Heard about the curious case of the missing Dáil artwork that isn't actually missing?
# Unaccounted For
# Unaccounted For

Heard about the curious case of the missing Dáil artwork that isn't actually missing?

Feb 26th 2015, 3:44 PM 10,688 Views 21 Comments

A top OPW official explained the curious case of the missing artwork in Leinster House.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 7 November, 2014

Highest astronomical tide means flood warnings for Cork this weekend
# The Tide Is High
# The Tide Is High

Highest astronomical tide means flood warnings for Cork this weekend

Nov 7th 2014, 11:55 AM 11,353 Views 25 Comments

Met Éireann says it expects gales in coastal areas as well.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 7 August, 2014

Clare storm repairs 'on hold' because of funding confusion
# Storm Damage
# Storm Damage

Clare storm repairs 'on hold' because of funding confusion

Aug 7th 2014, 2:15 PM 9,520 Views 8 Comments

A senior engineer with Clare Co Council told TheJournal.ie that the council is still waiting for clarification on project proposals from the OPW.

# office-of-public-works - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

'A lot done, more to do': Reform plans promise more public services cards and better procurement
# Public Service
# Public Service

'A lot done, more to do': Reform plans promise more public services cards and better procurement

Jan 14th 2014, 11:21 AM 5,328 Views 19 Comments

Launching new public service reform plans today, the Minister of State Brian Hayes said there has been “a lot done, more to do, to borrow a phrase from the past”.

# office-of-public-works - Monday 25 November, 2013

OPW to give leases on heritage sites to private companies
# Heritage
# Heritage

OPW to give leases on heritage sites to private companies

Nov 25th 2013, 10:03 AM 12,972 Views 54 Comments

Minister Brian Hayes stressed today that the businesses will have to be “in keeping with the heritage and with the recreational nature of the sites”.

# office-of-public-works - Monday 29 July, 2013

The OPW is going to take an inventory of everything owned by the State
# Brian Hayes
# Brian Hayes

The OPW is going to take an inventory of everything owned by the State

Jul 29th 2013, 6:45 AM 7,232 Views 27 Comments

Minister of State Brian Hayes hopes to have details on every building, every piece of land and every table and chair owned by the State to be online by the beginning of next year.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 12 July, 2013

Just 11 heads of state have stayed in Farmleigh in four and a half years
# Dignitaries
# Dignitaries

Just 11 heads of state have stayed in Farmleigh in four and a half years

Jul 12th 2013, 1:02 PM 10,079 Views 54 Comments

The estate in the Phoenix Park has cost the state €39million in operational costs since 2001.

# office-of-public-works - Thursday 4 April, 2013

New website monitors 'real time' water levels
# Flood Prevention
# Flood Prevention

New website monitors 'real time' water levels

Apr 4th 2013, 6:27 PM 11,985 Views 18 Comments

The site was launched by Minister of State Brian Hayes TD, as part of flood risk management in Ireland.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 22 March, 2013

Government to sell off some of the 139 closed garda stations
# Garda Stations
# Garda Stations

Government to sell off some of the 139 closed garda stations

Mar 22nd 2013, 6:00 PM 12,314 Views 47 Comments

Office of Public Works Minister Brian Hayes has announced plans to find other State uses or to sell off the 139 garda stations that have been closed in the past two years.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 23 November, 2012

Pics: Government publications sales office closes today
# Closure
# Closure

Pics: Government publications sales office closes today

Nov 23rd 2012, 9:06 AM 4,845 Views 11 Comments

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

# office-of-public-works - Monday 29 October, 2012

In pics: Marking the 350th anniversary of Phoenix Park
# Phoenix Park 350
# Phoenix Park 350

In pics: Marking the 350th anniversary of Phoenix Park

Oct 29th 2012, 8:30 AM 11,160 Views 15 Comments

The pen and ink drawings by the Irish artist Sheelagh Duff are part of a free exhibition in the Phoenix Park until the end of November.

# office-of-public-works - Friday 26 October, 2012

Garda association criticises proposed closure of 80 stations
# Garda Stations
# Garda Stations

Garda association criticises proposed closure of 80 stations

Oct 26th 2012, 3:45 PM 5,024 Views 26 Comments

The Garda Representatives Association said proposed changes will not save money and the service will “go downhill rapidly”.

# office-of-public-works - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Irish Insurance Federation before committee over flood insurance failures
# Flood Insurance
# Flood Insurance

Irish Insurance Federation before committee over flood insurance failures

Sep 25th 2012, 6:14 PM 6,886 Views 12 Comments

Representatives from the IIF were before the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht today.

# office-of-public-works - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Concern for ‘distressed’ tree at Leinster House
# Treetment Required
# Treetment Required

Concern for ‘distressed’ tree at Leinster House

Jul 11th 2012, 6:30 AM 5,412 Views 35 Comments

A Dublin South TD has asked the Government what it is doing to save the plane tree.

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