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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C


# modular homes
New modular homes for refugees in Cork could be shipped to Ukraine in the future
In the coming days, Ukrainian families will move into the first rapid build housing units to be brought on stream.
This year
First batch of 200 modular homes for Ukrainian refugees to be ready next month
A report by
Christina Finn
A target of delivering 700 units has been missed by Government.
# pulling in the crowds
Here's what topped the list of the most visited OPW sites in Ireland in 2022
The OPW manages and maintains the most important of Ireland’s historic buildings and heritage.
# Ukraine
Taoiseach to meet OPW minister over lack of progress on modular housing for Ukrainian refugees
Not a single unit has been delivered yet despite repeated promises about when the first homes would be ready.
# Office of Public Works
OPW seeking public's views on the future of parking at the Phoenix Park
The public consultation process opened today and will run until 22 May.
# hikvision
Cyber security watchdog to outline what IT equipment Govt can buy amid Chinese CCTV concerns
ICCL last week highlighted security concerns about the cameras installed by the company Hikvision.
Last year
# Winter Solstice
Visitors re-enter Newgrange chamber during winter solstice for first time since Covid
Hundreds gathered at the neolithic monument for the annual event.
# St Stephen's Green
Live animal Christmas crib gets the go ahead but in a new location
The event outside the Mansion House was cancelled last month but will go ahead in St Stephen’s Green.
# flood relief
Minister says climate change is 'running faster than our ability to cope'
Patrick O’Donovan has urged people to think twice before lodging objections to flood relief planning applications.
# Phoenix Park
Over 95% of vehicles travelling through Phoenix Park breaking 30km/hr speed limit
Green Party TD Patrick Costello said that the OPW need to work with the Gardaí to address the speeding issues.
# sceilg mhichil
Skellig Michael is closed until further notice due to rockfall
A full examination of the UNESCO World Heritage site will take place and debris will be cleared.
# russian rally
OPW refuses to grant permission for Russian Victory Day rally at Papal Cross in Phoenix Park
The organisers of the rally sought permission for it in January, before the war with Ukraine began.
Breaking the Banks: 'Vicious circle' of public works 'degrading' Ireland's rivers
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
While the Office of Public Works says it is reducing the impact of arterial drainage work, waterways and their habitats “are still suffering”.
While the Office of Public Works (OPW) says it is reducing the impact of arterial drainage work, waterways and their habitats “are still suffering”, reports Anthea Lacchia
This investigation by Noteworthy reveals recent OPW maintenance work occurred outside tree cutting season
A quarter of audits of these OPW works last year failed to obtain a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ score
All time
# grand stretch
Crowds gather at Newgrange to watch winter solstice despite overcast weather
For the second year in a row, the chamber itself remains closed due to Covid-19.
# Passports
'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year
The number of passports has never even reached 1 million in a year before.
34 deer killed in Phoenix Park as part of 'managed cull' this week
The animals – 22 females and 12 males – were culled on Tuesday.
# Newgrange
No visitors to be allowed in Newgrange chamber for Winter Solstice sunrise, OPW confirms
The solstice sunrise event will once again be livestreamed from within the chamber.
# banned stand
Dublin's Stephen's Green closes early as Gardaí respond to large crowds
There were large crowds of people in the park and on Grafton Street this evening.
# Heritage sites
Admission charges to all fee-paying OPW heritage sites to be waived for rest of year
This measure is effective immediately.
# Dublin
OPW to install portaloos in Phoenix Park to cope with more visitors this summer
The OPW’s chairman confirmed the move to Dublin City Council.
# Papal Visit
Phoenix Park gates to be rehung this summer nearly three years after Pope Francis visit
The OPW said it was hopeful the €800,000 plus refurbishment would be completed by the end of July.
# major operation
23 people arrested after clashes between anti-lockdown protesters and gardaí in Dublin city centre
The Taoiseach has condemned today’s events as posing an “unacceptable risk” to the public and gardaí
A number of gardaí have been injured in the wake of the clashes, which saw fireworks aimed at officers.
The Taoiseach has condemned today's events as posing an "unacceptable risk" to the public and gardaí.
A special court sitting is being convened and several fixed charge notices have been issued.
# grand stretch
WATCH: Beautiful sunrise lights up Newgrange chamber as days start to get longer
Weather conditions were better this morning as thousands of viewers tuned in from around the world.
# Phoenix Park
Almost all Phoenix Park gates to close to vehicular traffic on weekends for duration of Level 5
The gates will close as normal at 11pm on Fridays and reopen at 7am on Mondays.
# Tourism
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.
# Phoenix Park
'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.
# banks of the Lee
Building barriers: How plans for the largest flood scheme in Irish history became so divisive
Cork controversy throws up major questions about how Ireland approaches flooding relief in the face of growing climate change threat.
# Dublin
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.
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.
# Billed Gates
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.
# under control
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.
# Charlie Flanagan
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.
Fallow deer killed in Phoenix Park in latest cull to control population growth
There are currently around 600 fallow deer in Phoenix Park.
# Finances
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.
# pulling in the crowds
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.
'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.
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.
# noteworthy
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.
# noteworthy
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.
# in rude health
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.