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Department of the Taoiseach Government Buildings

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Saturday 14 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tickets for this building tour will be available from the cafe at the National Gallery of Ireland in the Millenium Wing on Saturday, 14 October. The imposing complex of Government Buildings was originally intended as a home for the Royal College of Science, then housed at 51 St. Stephen's Green. It was the last significant building project undertaken by the British administration in Ireland. Designed by the famous London-based architect Sir Aston Webb, assisted by Irish Architect Thomas Manley Deane, the project began in 1904 and was completed in 1922, in time to be occupied by the new Irish Free State Government. Cabinet meetings have been held in the North block of the complex since 1922. In 1989 the building was extensively renovated and refurbished to provide modern accommodation for the department of the Taoiseach, the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Finance.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Tickets for this building tour will be available from the cafe at the National Gallery of Ireland in the Millenium Wing on Saturday, 14 October. Tours will be run at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.45 & 15.45. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: Sir Aston Webb/Sir Thomas Manly Deane
Building Date: 1904-1922
Location: Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2

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