The Department of the Taoiseach works with other Government Departments to implement Government Policy.

The imposing complex of Government Buildings on Upper Merrion Street was undertaken by the British administration in Ireland.

It was designed for two new government departments, the Local Government Board and the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, as well as the Royal College of Science, then housed in 51 St. Stephen’s Green.

Fortuitously, the complex was completed in March 1922, and was available immediately to be occupied by the new Irish Free State Government.

In more recent times, the building has been converted and entirely refurbished to form modern accommodation for a number of departments including the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Finance and the Office of the Attorney General.

  • Furniture and materials used throughout the building are Irish and of Irish manufacture
  • In the Taoiseach’s office walls are panelled with oak from the ancient forests of Coolattin in Co. Wicklow
  • Award-winning refurbishment project, including the RIAI Silver Medal for conservation for the period 1987-92
Open Dates and Times

Opening Times

Open Saturdays Only: 10:30 – 13:30

Tours starting every hour on the half hour

Average Length of Visit: 40 minutes


Government Buildings may close at short notice for Government Business. Please telephone in advance to avoid disappointment.



Tours of Government Buildings are available every Saturday

Free tickets can be collected on the day from the National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2, from 10:00

Getting There

Beside the Merrion Square West entrance to Leinster House

Map Location: 53.339167, -6.253611
Contact Government Buildings

Upper Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland

Eircode: D02 K728
T: +353 (0)1 645 8813
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