Government Buildings

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Government Buildings information

Location
Dublin , Ireland
Address
Upper Merrion St
Getting there
Bus: 7 & 44 from city centre
More information
www.taoiseach.gov.ie
Opening hours
tours hourly 10.30am-1.30pm Sat
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This gleaming Edwardian pile was the last building (almost) completed by the British before they were evicted; it opened as the Royal College of Science in 1911. When the college vacated in 1989, the then-Taoiseach Charles Haughey and his government moved in and spent a fortune refurbishing the complex.

Free 40-minute tours visit the Taoiseach’s office, the Cabinet Room, the ceremonial staircase with a stunning stained-glass window – designed by Evie Hone (1894–1955) for the 1939 New York Trade Fair – and many fine examples of modern Irish arts and crafts.