The US State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has announced that it has completed the congressional notification process to proceed with the site acquisition for a new US Embassy building in Dublin, which will replace the current chancery.
“We happily have outgrown our current historic home, and investment in a new building represents both the extraordinary US-Irish bond of today and the potential tomorrow brings,” said Claire D. Cronin, US Ambassador to Ireland.
“As we continue to deepen and expand our ties on multiple levels, I hope the new embassy will become a beacon for future generations, who will seek to build on the promise of a prosperous US-Irish relationship.”
The seller will demolish the currently vacant hotel, following the closing of the purchase.
Once the acquisition is complete, the design, planning and construction process will begin.
Diplomatic activity will continue in the current embassy chancery, at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, until the new embassy is complete.
OBO and the US Embassy Dublin plan to work closely with local partners, to ensure that a suitable plan for the site is developed once the embassy is relocated.
“Acquiring this new site is a significant step forward that marks a key milestone in creating a secure and functional space that will endure for years to come,” said Will Moser, OBO director.
“I look forward to seeing the vision for the new embassy come to life.”