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Announcing vital conservation support for the Iveagh Markets

September 21st

There's been some really good news for Dublin city and the historic Iveagh Markets today as

Minister Darragh O'Brien and myself have announced €9 million in funding for the essential conservation works that are now needed to stabilise and secure the structure of this iconic Liberties building.

The Iveagh Market complex is a protected structure on Francis Street, Dublin 8 and was developed by the Guinness family in 1907. The market closed in 1996, and has sadly been disused ever since. Dublin City Council has made proposals to secure the fabric of the structure through a programme of essential works to be carried out to prevent this protected structure from continued decline. Our approval in principle today of €9 million under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) will fund these essential works and prevent any further deterioration.

Inside the Iveagh Markets, which holds so much potential as a landmark historic building in the heart of the Liberties

As Minister for Heritage I am very glad that my Department has been able to provide this funding for Dublin City Council to push ahead with the urgent conservation work needed to secure the Iveagh Markets. URDF funding is already being utilised to great effect in the historic Liberties area of Dublin, and the impact of this can be seen in the fantastic public realm works which have been completed on Francis Street.

Now using further URDF funds, Dublin City Council we will be in a position to carry out essential works on the Iveagh Markets building, such as conservation repairs to the roofs and works to stabilise the Diocletian style arched windows and associated brickwork – all of which are vital to the integrity of the building.

While the future use and management of the building is not included in this specific project scope, it is my hope that the stabilisation of the building will lead to a participative, community-led process that envisions a thriving future for this iconic building as part of the wider redevelopment of Frances Street and Meath Street.

The people of the Liberties are rightly proud of their historic market traditions and have a deep sense of place, which the Iveagh markets has the potential to be emblematic of. As we take an important step today to secure that future potential, I want to thank my Green Party colleagues, Ciarán Cuffe MEP, Deputy Patrick Costello, and Councillor Michael Pidgeon, for their work in highlighting the tragic deterioration of this landmark building and advocating for its preservation and rejuvenation.


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