Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Public Accounts Committee
Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Appropriation Account 2018
Mr. Peter Finnegan:
I do. Having been in Leinster House for the duration of the work, having walked the site on many occasions, having been up on the roof and in the basement, and having seen every part of the building, I know that an enormous amount of work was involved in the project. It is detailed work. At any given time, 80 construction workers were on site - everybody from electricians to stonemasons. It is good value for money. The building was constructed in 1745 and we are coming up to its 275th anniversary next year. The sum of €17 million has been the only major capital expenditure on the building and its restoration. If that is averaged out over 275 years, it is outstanding value for money. One nice aspect of the project is that there will be a building for the people at the end of the project. We want people to come in and see the building because the work is to a very high standard. Ultimately, we say it is the people's Parliament and it is their building.