Concerns over plans for Dublin Castle that include both the demolition and restoration of buildings.

There are plans to construct a conference centre to the rear of the yard in Dublin Castle. The site has been undergoing an archaeological excavation since last April. The six hundred seat venue will host international meetings.

A statement from the Minister for Finance Ray MacSharry stated,

The plans would provide for the conservation of structures where possible.

Walls facing the upper yard including the portico and the genealogical office are to be conserved. However, blocks five to ten along the line of the original castle moat will require extensive restoration work.

The works will cost £22 million over six years employing around 250 people during the construction.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 July 1985. The reporter is Mary Fanning.