The new headquarters of the Irish Life Assurance Company is situated one of Ireland's most expensive office blocks.
The Irish Life Assurance complex is situated on a four and a half acre site on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin. Designed by architect Andrew Devane, it took three years to build at the cost of £20 million.
The complex not only houses the Irish Life Assurance headquarters, but also offices for let, with rental at £4 per square foot. As well as working in modern, air conditioned offices, the 2000 Irish Life employees can also avail of a swimming pool and sports facilities. The Irish Life board room looks onto another iconic Dublin office block, Liberty Hall.
The complex also includes fifty flats for rent and a roof garden, under which will be a shopping centre opening onto Talbot Street.
In 1975 the proposed office furniture for the headquarters caused a huge political argument when it came to light that Irish Life, which is 90% state owned, placed the £200,000 furniture order with a British firm. The row raged for four months until Irish Life agreed to have the same furniture made under license in Dublin.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 December 1977.