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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

National Monuments

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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120. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount spent since 2016 in stabilising the buildings at 14-17 Moore Street, Dublin including the stabilisation work that was carried out under court order. [9015/21]

Malcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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Works on the conservation, protection and restoration of the national monument buildings at Nos. 14-17 Moore Street started in late 2015 with the objective of having the 1916 Commemorative Centre at least partially open to the public in time for the centenary of the Rising.

Total expenditure under the contract amounted to €4.48 million, inclusive of VAT, project management, architectural and engineering supervision, security, quantity surveying services, etc. This figure contains a significant security cost component which amounted to €1.067m.

The works carried out included:

- permanent renewal of the main roofs to Nos. 14-17, and the two-storey building to the rear of No. 14, including the construction of a special covering over the buildings to prevent water ingress and any other possible damage while the roof replacement was in progress;

- part of the proposed underpinning of the foundation walls to Nos. 14, 15, 16 & 17 which was intended to stabilise the buildings;

-installation of permanent corner ties to assist restraint between external and party walls of Nos. 14, 15, 16 & 17 and permanent repair of gaps between front facades and party walls;

-temporary propping, bracing, shoring and lateral restraint;

- installation of lighting and fire and security systems.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has been responsible for the maintenance and protection of the buildings since the completion of the above works in 2017. Any costs incurred since then would be a matter for OPW.

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