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# opw - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

WATCH: Beautiful sunrise lights up Newgrange chamber as days start to get longer
# Grand Stretch
# Grand Stretch

WATCH: Beautiful sunrise lights up Newgrange chamber as days start to get longer

Dec 22nd 2020, 9:44 AM 35,972 Views 11 Comments

Weather conditions were better this morning as thousands of viewers tuned in from around the world.

# opw - Friday 30 October, 2020

Almost all Phoenix Park gates to close to vehicular traffic on weekends for duration of Level 5
# Phoenix Park
# Phoenix Park

Almost all Phoenix Park gates to close to vehicular traffic on weekends for duration of Level 5

Oct 30th 2020, 1:17 PM 46,626 Views 54 Comments

The gates will close as normal at 11pm on Fridays and reopen at 7am on Mondays.

# opw - 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 33,093 Views 14 Comments

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
# Phoenix Park
# Phoenix Park

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

Jun 21st 2020, 4:03 PM 58,111 Views 87 Comments

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
# Banks Of The Lee
# Banks Of The Lee

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

Jun 17th 2020, 12:04 AM 33,466 Views 13 Comments

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
# Dublin
# Dublin

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

Jun 5th 2020, 10:38 AM 15,209 Views 35 Comments

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
# OPW
# OPW

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

May 19th 2020, 6:30 AM 18,234 Views 14 Comments

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
# 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 89,385 Views 81 Comments

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
# Under Control
# Under Control

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

Feb 13th 2020, 12:05 AM 13,559 Views 21 Comments

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
# 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 47,572 Views 48 Comments

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
# OPW
# OPW

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

Nov 21st 2019, 6:37 PM 31,370 Views 91 Comments

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
# Finances
# Finances

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

Sep 30th 2019, 7:34 PM 16,593 Views 19 Comments

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
# 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 50,439 Views 15 Comments

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
# OPW
# OPW

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

Sep 21st 2019, 8:00 PM 26,042 Views 19 Comments

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
# OPW
# OPW

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

Sep 7th 2019, 6:30 AM 24,900 Views 55 Comments

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
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

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

Sep 2nd 2019, 12:05 AM 17,452 Views 6 Comments

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
# Noteworthy
# Noteworthy

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

Aug 23rd 2019, 12:05 AM 22,933 Views 14 Comments

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
# 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 38,178 Views 32 Comments

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
# Dublin's Green Lung
# Dublin's Green Lung

OPW defends car-park proposals for Phoenix Park

May 31st 2019, 9:19 PM 38,592 Views 61 Comments

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
# Dublin 9
# Dublin 9

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

May 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 13,147 Views 9 Comments

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
# Too Expensive
# Too Expensive

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

Apr 8th 2019, 6:30 AM 58,001 Views 71 Comments

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
# 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 47,144 Views 77 Comments

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
# 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 14,015 Views 43 Comments

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
# Status Orange
# Status Orange

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

Oct 11th 2018, 6:01 PM 86,582 Views 23 Comments

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
# Banana Maths
# Banana Maths

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

Updated Oct 11th 2018, 3:11 PM 46,028 Views 53 Comments

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
# Miesian Plaza
# Miesian Plaza

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

Sep 29th 2018, 7:33 PM 25,546 Views 62 Comments

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
# Sambo Heaven
# Sambo Heaven

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

Aug 29th 2018, 8:34 AM 67,458 Views 76 Comments

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

'Minimum amount of water' used in 'essential' cleaning of Pope's Cross - OPW
# Holy Water
# Holy Water

'Minimum amount of water' used in 'essential' cleaning of Pope's Cross - OPW

Jul 3rd 2018, 1:59 PM 26,021 Views 88 Comments

Dublin is under a hosepipe ban.

# opw - 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.

# opw - Thursday 19 April, 2018

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

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

Apr 19th 2018, 5:26 PM 12,287 Views 28 Comments

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
# Training College
# Training College

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

Mar 30th 2018, 6:45 AM 11,128 Views 23 Comments

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
# Cull
# Cull

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

Feb 6th 2018, 4:30 PM 35,667 Views 133 Comments

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
# Dunbeg Fort
# Dunbeg Fort

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

Jan 4th 2018, 4:27 PM 22,848 Views 19 Comments

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
# Streamed Live
# Streamed Live

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

Dec 18th 2017, 9:54 AM 29,062 Views 38 Comments

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
# Pope Plans
# Pope Plans

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

Dec 10th 2017, 7:30 AM 8,294 Views 45 Comments

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
# Emergency Planning
# Emergency Planning

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

Nov 8th 2017, 1:54 PM 13,938 Views 25 Comments

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
# Loreto Hall
# Loreto Hall

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

Apr 28th 2017, 6:12 PM 38,270 Views 18 Comments

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
# Ireland's Ancient East
# Ireland's Ancient East

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

Apr 14th 2017, 10:53 AM 10,216 Views 6 Comments

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
# 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 12,485 Views 10 Comments

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
# 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 18,578 Views 39 Comments

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

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