Notable Building sights in Ireland
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This gleaming Edwardian pile was the last building (almost) completed by the British before they were booted out; it opened as the Royal College of Science in 1911. When the college vacated in 1989, Taoiseach Charlie Haughey and his government moved in and spent a fortune refurbishing the complex. Among Haughey’s needs, apparently, was a private lift from his office that went up to a rooftop helipad and down to a limo in the basement.
Free 40-minute guided tours take you through 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…