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How many vacant public buildings do we have?
We’ve had a raft of garda station closures over the last few years, but what’s the national picture like at the moment?
The famous standing stone on the Hill of Tara was vandalised last night
The criminal damage has been widely condemned today.
Tesco buys Cabra site from the State for €1.7 million
The 0.69 acre site on the Navan Road was no longer required by the Department of Social Protection.
Column: Here's where we can make cuts – and savings! – that won’t hurt services, jobs or salaries
Cutting costly emissions from thousands of public buildings would help the environment and save Ireland €200m a year – without requiring a single job loss.
Iconic Battle of Clontarf painting to be unveiled later today
The massive 3 x 2 metre painting depicts the 1014 battle, in which Brian Boru was killed.
You can now get married at seven heritage sites in Ireland (including the Blasket Islands)
Ceide Fields, anyone?
Want to get married here? The OPW wants to open up historical sites for weddings
If you could get married anywhere in Ireland, where would it be?
How much did the EU presidency cost Ireland? Less than expected, actually
Nearly €70 million less than last time.
Haughey government decided ministers should get a safe and shredder in their homes
If they required them, that is. The Fine Gael-led coalition tried to get them back in 1983 after they came to power.
OPW to give leases on heritage sites to private companies
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”.
OPW hands former Ballymote Garda station over to local community
An art-deco building that was closed in 2009 will be licensed to local community groups.
Formal Cowen portrait could cost up to €10,000
Portraits of each Taoiseach, President and Chief Justice are commissioned by the State as a matter of course.
Courts Service hands keys of Kilmainham Courthouse over to OPW
The courthouse is expected to expand visitor numbers to Kilmainham Gaol.
The OPW is going to take an inventory of everything owned by the State
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.
Just 11 heads of state have stayed in Farmleigh in four and a half years
The estate in the Phoenix Park has cost the state €39million in operational costs since 2001.
Open thread: What should we do with all the empty garda stations?
Your suggestions please…
Phoenix Park concerts given go-ahead, subject to strict new conditions
It follows widespread criticism of the security operation at last year’s show by Swedish House Mafia.
The government owns 203 empty buildings
The majority of the buildings are recently closed garda stations, says Minister of State Brian Hayes.
“The Kennedys were more than emigrants” – 50 years on, Wexford remembers JFK
Thousands of people are attending events in New Ross today to mark JFK’s visit to the town half a century ago.
Why is a former AIB building bought by the State ten years ago still empty? – Patrick Nulty TD asks
The building was bought over a decade ago at a cost of almost €1.5 million by the taxpayer for use by the Probation and Welfare Service – but has lain empty ever since because the service declined to relocate there.
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: RTE stars confused by Pope’s message of humility, and Office of Public Works ‘may never know’ the source of the Cork floods.
27 Irish landmarks going green for St Patrick's Festival
Castles, memorials and at least one Government department will get the green light from 14 to 18 March.
State has 'saved €5.3m' on rent in 2012
OPW has been reducing office space and car spaces as number of State employees leave the fold – cutting cost of rented offices by one-third since 2008.
Pics: Government publications sales office closes today
No more queues for tribunal reports or the latest CSO stats.
In pics: Marking the 350th anniversary of Phoenix Park
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.
Irish Insurance Federation before committee over flood insurance failures
Representatives from the IIF were before the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht today.
More than 60,000 expected to hit Phoenix Park Motor Races this weekend
This weekend will mark the 110th anniversary of the very first motor racing event at the park.
MCD ‘should face ban on similar music events until it answers SHM Garda report’
Dublin councillor Mary Fitzpatrick, head of a joint policing committee, calls on OPW junior minister to force response from concert promoter on Swedish House Mafia debacle.
OPW launches tender process for new child detention facility
Government announced earlier this year it would provide €50m in funding to end practice of detaining teenage offenders at adult prisons.
Concern for ‘distressed’ tree at Leinster House
A Dublin South TD has asked the Government what it is doing to save the plane tree.
PHOTOS: Dublin Zoo's new elephant is the largest animal in the zoo
The new elephant is 3 metres tall and weights over 6,000 kgs. Yowza.
Bandon to get 100-year flood protection
A €10 million scheme for the Cork town was revealed yesterday.
Government paying €10m a year on parking for public servants
OPW says that renting a Dublin parking space costs the state an average €2,428 a year.
Former Dublin Garda station leased to childcare company
Minister of State Brian Hayes said that he was open to leasing other State properties to businesses and the community.
OPW enlisting voluntary groups to develop heritage sites
Brian Hayes said the OPW does not have the resources to exploit the historical sites’ full potential for tourists.
OPW says call for referendum ballot papers is just 'forward planning'
A tender has been published looking for someone to print 3.8 million referendum ballot papers – but it’s not for a particular vote.
Government may offer humanitarian aid to flood victims
Brian Hayes has said the Government would look at providing assistance – but it’s not yet clear what form this could take.
Ghost town: 3 unusual places you can visit for nothing today
All the OPW’s visitor sites are free to enter today. They include the usual big names – plus some altogether stranger…