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Work finally gets underway on Parnell Square Project Phase 1

After a long wait, work has finally got underway on Phase 1 of the new Dublin City Library Project.

This Government backed initiative will see a new City Library at Parnell Square North and essential works to the protected Georgian houses on Parnell Square North No 23 to 28, while Georgian house No 27 will be completely refurbished. Also included in this phase are works to the Hugh Lane Gallery.

The project will deliver more than 6,000 square metres of modern, bright open spaces for reading and lending, as well as a variety of spaces for studying, working, meeting, creating and performing. Facilities will include a welcoming library for children and young adults, a makerspace, meeting rooms and study spaces, as well as a multi-purpose conference centre, a café and exhibition areas.

Demolition of the existing Amharclann building is currently underway and site investigation to inform the design of the new library’s foundations will follow immediately after the demolition. Instrumentation including vibration, dust and noise monitors have been installed close to the site in order to protect the Hugh Lane Gallery, the Georgian buildings and other nearby structures.

Ever since my first term as a City Councillor representing the #NorthInnerCity, I have backed this project. I’ve supported it through the initial research phase to formal design and planning. Now that work has actually started on site, I am excited by how the Parnell Square project can bring further life to this part of the city and aid the continued revitalisation of Dorset Street and the North-West Inner City.

I will continue to work with my colleague, local TD and Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe to ensure that Dublin City Council proceeds with this project quickly and that support from Government remains in place.

raymcadam View All

Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City

Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee

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