Posted on
November 27th, 2015

Funding Set Aside To Rescue Historic Building In Dublin

The government in Ireland have had to set aside a large amount of funds to help protect one of the country’s most important buildings from the risk of damp.

The Dublin government has ear-marked €10 million towards the work at the National Library in Dublin to help safeguard Ireland’s most historic documents against the threat of fire and increasing damp problems. This shows just how important it is for older buildings to be protected, rather than waiting until it is too late.

The Republic’s Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, announced that the major capital investment plan would be developed for the National Library of Ireland’s premises on Kildare Street in Dublin.

Redevelopment for such buildings is very important, as the main seats of governing and local councils are often in older buildings, which are can cause issues for documents, workers health and overall structural stability. As well as damp, upgrades are needed to help with universal access, fire prevention, health and safety, circulation, security, mechanical and electrical services, and environmental sustainability.

NLI director, Dr Sandra Collins said: “The National Library currently holds a significant amount of its collection in an historic Victorian era Building, which is badly in need of upgrading and modernisation. So I am delighted that, thanks to the economic recovery, we are now in a position to invest in this vital cultural institution and address decades of under-investment in the National Library.” Adding that the money would “help transform the library into a world class facility for the storage and display of some of our most important historical documents.”

Dr Collins also stated that in recent years the facility had been “Very resilient in the face of limited resources and funding reductions.”

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