A redevelopment project at the National Concert Hall will see the restoration and redevelopment of the building at the Earlsfort Terrace site.
It will deliver the expansion of stage and seating capacity of the existing auditorium while also providing universal access. The plans will also see large parts of the site, many with buildings which pre-date the foundation of the state, restored and repurposed to provide for new recital and rehearsal spaces, new and restored public areas, and a new centre for learning and participation, among others, as well as the restoration and redevelopment of over 16,000 square metres of the buildings at the National Concert Hall complex and the future-proofing of Ireland's National Cultural Institution for Music for generations to come.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said, "The landmark buildings, which house our National Cultural Institutions, need our support and, more importantly, our investment to ensure that they are sustainable, future-proofed and meet the evolving needs of the communities they serve. This redevelopment will allow the National Concert Hall to fulfil its purpose as a living space for music, for lifelong enjoyment, connection and participation in music, for all our people."
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD said, "This project is a one-in a generation opportunity for our National Cultural Institutions, for all those who love the National Concert Hall, and to recognise the central role that music plays in all our lives. Not only will the project restore this unique heritage building, iconic in its own right, but it will also establish the National Concert Hall as a centre for music and performance to match any in the world."
Minister Donohoe said, "Today's announcement demonstrates government's commitment to the restoration of the National Concert Hall's historic site. It is vital that we protect Ireland's unique architectural legacy, while also breathing new life into buildings like this one by reimagining creative new possibilities for them."
Maura McGrath, chairperson of the National Concert Hall, said, "This investment will not only enhance the musical landscape in Ireland but inspire a new generation of music lovers. It will see the National Concert Hall become a cultural landmark for the nation, and realise our ambition to be regarded worldwide as a one of the great centres for music and a symbol of national pride for Irish people everywhere."