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# opw - Friday 24 July, 2020

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

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

# opw - Sunday 21 June, 2020

'Serious concerns' that new housing development could pose security threat to President Higgins

There are plans for 33 semi-detached houses and a four-storey apartment block near the Phoenix Park.

# opw - Wednesday 17 June, 2020

Building barriers: How plans for the largest flood scheme in Irish history became so divisive Exclusive

Cork controversy throws up major questions about how Ireland approaches flooding relief in the face of growing climate change threat.

# opw - Friday 5 June, 2020

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

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

# opw - Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Botanic Gardens, Trim Castle and Farmleigh among heritage sites reopened as part of Phase One

The OPW closed most of its sites to the public following public health advice as Ireland worked to limit the spread of Covid-19.

# opw - Friday 14 February, 2020

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

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

# opw - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Dáil pigeons, Four Courts rats and museum mice among dozens of pest callouts to OPW sites

Companies were called more than 50 times by the OPW over a two-year period.

# opw - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

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

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

# opw - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Fallow deer killed in Phoenix Park in latest cull to control population growth

There are currently around 600 fallow deer in Phoenix Park.

# opw - Monday 30 September, 2019

PAC 'concerned' that OPW building maintenance spending jumped from expected €9m to €39.4m

This follows the publication of the 2018 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) today.

# opw - Saturday 28 September, 2019

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

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

# opw - Saturday 21 September, 2019

'Caught all the soldiers unaware in the tea room': the troubled history of the Phoenix Park's Magazine Fort

We toured what was once a British ammunitions store, and which since the 1980s has fallen into disrepair.

# opw - Saturday 7 September, 2019

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

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

# opw - Monday 2 September, 2019

More than thirty sites managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country

Ten sites purchased as part of the doomed decentralisation plan of 2003 remain in state hands more than a decade later.

# opw - Friday 23 August, 2019

Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country

Just over two-thirds of the buildings are former garda stations that were shut as part of a policing plan in 2012 and 2013.

# opw - Friday 26 July, 2019

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

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

# opw - Friday 31 May, 2019

OPW defends car-park proposals for Phoenix Park

planned, designated parking areas could improve congestion when huge events like Bloom are held in the park, the summary said.

# opw - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

OPW raised concerns over impact planned apartments in Glasnevin will have on Botanic Gardens

The OPW brought up issues with the scale of the proposed development at the site of a former car dealership on Glasnevin Hill.

# opw - Monday 8 April, 2019

Ceann Comhairle likely unable to keep Rolex given to him by UAE official

The watch, believed to be worth close to €8,000, may be sold and the money used for charitable purposes.

# opw - Sunday 3 February, 2019

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

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

# opw - Thursday 22 November, 2018

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

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

# opw - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Schools to 'remain vigilant', parks and heritage sites to close as Ireland braces for arrival of Storm Callum

A Status Orange warning takes effect in 13 counties tonight as gusts of up to 130 km/h are expected along Irish coasts.

'If you did this in the private sector you'd be gone' - Head of OPW grilled over State building being measured incorrectly

The Comptroller and Auditor General recently revealed that the wrong rate of rent had been paid on the vacant building.

# opw - Saturday 29 September, 2018

New Department of Health headquarters were empty for over a year - costing almost €16m

The OPW entered into a lease to accommodate the HQs of the Departments of Children & Youth Affairs and Health, in addition to parts of the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform.

# opw - Wednesday 29 August, 2018

Thousands of sandwiches thrown in skip after Papal Mass because charities refused them says OPW

The OPW was responding to a caller on RTÉ’s Liveline who spotted catering staff throwing out unopened sandwiches behind the food stalls.

# opw - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

# opw - Friday 25 May, 2018

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

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

# opw - Thursday 19 April, 2018

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran wins bout over junior minister role against Seán Canney

An internal dispute arose over whether Seán Canney would take back over the role.

# opw - Friday 30 March, 2018

PAC 'not satisfied' Garda College still operating under multiple tax codes

In its latest report, the PAC state that last year the gardaí declared its intention to the committee to bring the organisation under one tax code by the end of March.

# opw - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

State-hired marksman shot over 200 deer in the Phoenix Park in the last two years

A total of 203 deer were shot by the marksman as part of eight culls carried out in 2016 and 2017.

# opw - Thursday 4 January, 2018

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

The site is precariously placed on a cliff edge.

# opw - Monday 18 December, 2017

You can now see the winter solstice at Newgrange without a ticket

And without having to leave your home.

# opw - Sunday 10 December, 2017

Government officials to meet next week to get plans underway for Pope Francis visit

Phoenix Park is on course to host the Pontiff for his farewell Mass during his visit next August.

# opw - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

How much salt we have in stock and other Important Things to know about winter

Ministers were giving their annual ‘Winter Ready’ update today. We appear to have plenty of salt.

# opw - Friday 28 April, 2017

€40 million luxury hotel gets green light on site of iconic Stephen's Green building

The new hotel is to be built on the site of a former ‘young ladies’ hostel.

# opw - Friday 14 April, 2017

New €3m viewing platform and museum on the way for Dublin Castle's record tower

It’s one of a number of locations to receive funding thanks to Fáilte Ireland.

# opw - Saturday 11 February, 2017

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

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

# opw - Sunday 5 February, 2017

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

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

# opw - Thursday 2 February, 2017

Architects and planners concerned that Cork flood defence plan won't work

Warnings have been issued that parts of Cork city could be flooded between 8 and 9.30am this morning.

# opw - Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Demolition of Apollo House put on hold

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

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