Government Buildings, Dublin

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Government Buildings is a large Edwardian building enclosing a quadrangle on Merrion Street in Dublin, Ireland, in which several key offices of the Government of Ireland are located. It was originally shared between the Dublin Castle administration and the Royal College of Science for Ireland. Among the offices of State located in the building are:
Department of the TaoiseachCouncil Chamber Office of the Attorney GeneralDepartment of FinanceDepartment of Public Expenditure and Reform

The building that was to become Government Buildings was the last major public building built under British rule in Ireland. The foundation stone for the building was laid by King Edward VII in 1904. It was built on the site of a row of Georgian houses that were being controversially demolished one by one as the new building was erected. The building itself was designed by Sir Aston Webb, a British architect who was later to redesign the facade of Buckingham Palace. The final completed building was opened by King George V in 1911.
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  • Very nice guided tour of the offices of the government and in particular that of the Taoiseach, equivalent of a Prime Minister. Come on Saturday morning to the reception of the National Gallery to book for free this visit, which is little known. It's amazing to be able to visit such places so easily, and the guide highlights the visit.
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  • Short walking tour round the offices of the Taoiseach and cabinet. Excellent tour with an informative guide. Lasted around 40 minutes and gave good insight into the government buildings  more »
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