A multi-million euro restoration of Leinster House has been delayed for a year because the Department of Finance insists the job must be completed for a pre-agreed price. The decision means that a contractor chosen by the Office of Public Works (OPW) will have to carry out a detailed investigation of the building before carrying out repairs next summer. Some rooms on the top second floor of the main building have been closed in recent months; they were deemed to be unsafe by the OPW because the floors were carrying too much weight. The full project will probably not be completed until 2011 at the earliest.
The Irish Times