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.

Please note that visiting arrangements are subject to cancellation on short notice. Telephone ahead to avoid disappointment.

  • 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

Opening Times:

Open Saturdays only.

See website for further details.


Admission Prices:

Free Admission
Access is by guided tour only, maximum number: 20

Free tickets can be collected on the day from the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, from 10.00

Useful Information

City Centre on-street pay & display.

Please note that visiting arrangements are subject to cancellation on short notice. Telephone ahead to avoid disappointment

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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