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DoH set to share its new building with two other Departments

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed that the move to the former Bank of Ireland headquarters on Lower Baggot Street is due to begin in the first half of next year and will be permanent.

The Department of Health will take up about 50 per cent of the office space of the new building.

“If Hawkins House is redeveloped, subject to planning permission, OPW will allocate space in the new building to other Government departments and offices, freeing up older leased premises,” an OPW spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).

“OPW envisage the Department of Health occupying circa 50 per cent of the proposed alternative premises alongside the Department of Children and another Department, yet to be confirmed.

“We expect the new premises to be ready for occupation by Quarter 2, 2017.”

However, it is believed that for a period of time Department staff will be working in both buildings.

The OPW and Department of Health did not provide answers to queries regarding the rental cost of the new location in Lower Baggot Street.

Earlier this month, the OPW lodged planning permission to demolish the current Department of Health headquarters, Hawkins House, and replace it with a new building.

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