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Last month
October 2023
Residents say they've 'no option' but to consider seeking injunction to keep Castletown entrance open
Talks between the OPW and the private owners broke down on Friday.
This year
Road access to Castletown House remains open temporarily as OPW and private owners re-engage
The access route was due to be closed permanently today after the owners had moved on plans to develop the grounds.
Private owners of land at Castletown House limit road access to the historic site
One local councillor told The Journal that the state had made a “real error” when it was outbid by private developers this year.
An Bord Pleanála to hold ‘oral hearing’ into €9.5 billion Dublin Metrolink project
The oral hearing will provide a platform for third parties to outline their concerns over aspects of the estimated €9.5 billion project.
Phoenix Park reminds public to refrain from approaching or handling fawns during fawning season
The Phoenix Park has called on people to never handle or approach the baby fawns and to ensure that dogs are kept on a lead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Visitors re-enter Newgrange chamber during winter solstice for first time since Covid
Hundreds gathered at the neolithic monument for the annual event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Admission charges to all fee-paying OPW heritage sites to be waived for rest of year
This measure is effective immediately.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.