Minister questions €1.7 million cost of Seanad relocation

Canney says the cost to relocate 60 people for two years to the National Museum is too high

The work on the Seanad has been promised since 2008 and is due to health-and-safety fears in line with the building’s age: Leinster House was built in 1745. Photograph: Eric Luke

The work on the Seanad has been promised since 2008 and is due to health-and-safety fears in line with the building’s age: Leinster House was built in 1745. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Minister of State has questioned a plan to temporarily move the Seanad to the National Museum in Dublin at a cost of €1.7 million, saying “we cannot spend that kind of money”.

Seán Canney, who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), said alternative sites should be examined to accommodate the Upper House while renovations are carried out on its Leinster House home.

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