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  • Irish Arts Review

    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

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    OPW 175th

    ANNIVERSARY EDITION

    SEAN BENTON pays tribute to the generations of public servants who have

    contributed significantly to the success of the OPW

    This YEAR WE WILL BE CELEBRATING the 175th anniversary of the establishment

    of the Office of Public Works. It was in 1831 that the Office of Public Works

    came into being under, 'An Act for the Extension and Promotion of Public

    Works in Ireland' thus absorbing the responsibilities of the Office of the

    Surveyor General, the Barracks Board and the Navigation Board.

    From the beginning, the remit of this Office was varied and wide. It extended,

    for example, from tending to Irish fisheries, to managing local relief schemes

    during times of distress, to erecting and maintaining the offices and other

    buildings of State and to conserving heritage properties. During the famine

    period in the 1840s the numbers employed on OPW schemes throughout the

    country rose as high as 1,000,000.

    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.

    The development of our railway network, planning for the development of water

    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

    1930s. Various functions were added and subtracted over the years but always, the

    Office responded to such public needs as the Government of the day decided.

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    current OPW staff that are continuir^p^piat fine traditionftjT^ ic service.

    As Chairman I am mindful of pasjjjpevements but also p||f|||of what we are

    currently achieving, through out^^pivours, in implement|||f|j? of Government

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    Article Contentsp. [2]

    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