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<ul><li><p>Irish Arts Review</p><p>OPW 175th Anniversary EditionAuthor(s): Sean BentonSource: Irish Arts Review (2002-), Vol. 23, 175th Anniversary of the Office of Public Works(2006), p. 2Published by: Irish Arts ReviewStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25503508 .Accessed: 15/06/2014 13:56</p><p>Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms &amp; Conditions of Use, available at .http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p> .JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org.</p><p> .</p><p>Irish Arts Review is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Irish Arts Review(2002-).</p><p>http://www.jstor.org </p><p>This content downloaded from 91.229.229.212 on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:56:44 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=iarhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/25503508?origin=JSTOR-pdfhttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsphttp://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p></li><li><p>INTRODUCTION ;|?|? </p><p>ill '% </p><p>OPW 175th </p><p>ANNIVERSARY EDITION </p><p>SEAN BENTON pays tribute to the generations of public servants who have </p><p>contributed significantly to the success of the OPW </p><p>This YEAR WE WILL BE CELEBRATING the 175th anniversary of the establishment </p><p>of the Office of Public Works. It was in 1831 that the Office of Public Works </p><p>came into being under, 'An Act for the Extension and Promotion of Public </p><p>Works in Ireland' thus absorbing the responsibilities of the Office of the </p><p>Surveyor General, the Barracks Board and the Navigation Board. </p><p>From the beginning, the remit of this Office was varied and wide. It extended, </p><p>for example, from tending to Irish fisheries, to managing local relief schemes </p><p>during times of distress, to erecting and maintaining the offices and other </p><p>buildings of State and to conserving heritage properties. During the famine </p><p>period in the 1840s the numbers employed on OPW schemes throughout the </p><p>country rose as high as 1,000,000. </p><p>Some of the infrastructural projects undertaken by OPW in the 19th and early 20th centuries have been forgotten yet were of huge importance to the country. </p><p>The development of our railway network, planning for the development of water </p><p>power and electricity at Clonlara on the River Shannon. The OPW also designed and constructed the first runways and airport buildings in the country in the </p><p>1930s. Various functions were added and subtracted over the years but always, the </p><p>Office responded to such public needs as the Government of the day decided. </p><p>In c^^^^^^^^^J^^^^^^ whol </p><p>??^oer and Sickn^^^^^^^^^^^^ IBM pay tribute ^^I??^lg?il </p><p>llllil </p><p>accomplishments. It is also an opportg||?|pto recognise the ||?||lributions of all </p><p>current OPW staff that are continuir^p^piat fine traditionftjT^ ic service. </p><p>As Chairman I am mindful of pasjjjpevements but also p||f|||of what we are </p><p>currently achieving, through out^^pivours, in implement|||f|j? of Government </p><p>policy and decisions. Through J??if|p?lls, focus, determinai||?g|ind comrnjy^M^?^ to high quality service, the QJ^^^n look forward with a|??|?| q|^^^p??^^^ip|j| </p><p>yillllles of the future. |g|9|^Si|i|p^!i'' '"""^ confidence to meeting the cl </p><p>Sean Benton </p><p>?gfHggfsf Chairman of the Office of Public Works llllilillfi' </p><p>ttft? </p><p>This content downloaded from 91.229.229.212 on Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:56:44 PMAll use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions</p><p>http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp</p><p>Article Contentsp. [2]</p><p>Issue Table of ContentsIrish Arts Review (2002-), Vol. 23, 175th Anniversary of the Office of Public Works (2006), pp. 1-48Front MatterForeword [p. 1-1]OPW 175th Anniversary Edition [p. 2-2]The OPW a History of Service [pp. 3-5]Art of the State: Inheritance, Development, Legacy [pp. 6-11]Building for the Nation: Architectural Services at the OPW [pp. 12-17]Weaving Heaven and Earth [pp. 18-21]Preserving the Past [pp. 22-25]A Glittering Legacy [pp. 26-29]Conservation at OPW: Policy, Protection, Partnership [pp. 30-33]Cultural Collaborations [pp. 34-39]Engineering Success [pp. 40-41]Kilmainham Gaol: Confronting Change [pp. 42-45]Future Challenges for the Opw [pp. 46-48]Back Matter</p></li></ul>