Thursday 20 June 2019

National Archives of Ireland repository redevelopment by 2040

From the Irish Government:

National Archives’ major €22 million Project Ireland 2040 Repository Redevelopment now underway

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD today announced that the first phase of enabling works to prepare for the National Archives’ major new Project Ireland 2040 Repository Redevelopment is completed, with much of the State’s papers and documents being moved to temporary storage in order to facilitate the preliminary site works. The project is intended to deliver new purpose-built storage facilities at the National Archives premises in Bishop Street, Dublin 8 and will build-in the potential to develop and construct additional storage in the future. It is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under Project Ireland 2040.

Did you know?

Over 70,000 boxes of records have been transferred off-site temporarily during the repository redevelopment project while the majority of our records continue to be accessible to the public
This equates to
1,500 pallets
60 articulated lorry loads
Over 2m records
Once completed the Archive Repository will have the capacity to store 250,000 boxes of records

The Minister also complimented the National Archives’ new website ( which provides easy online access to services provided by the National Archives to both government and the public, all over the world. Video technology has been incorporated into the new site to facilitate a behind the scenes look at some of the projects currently being undertaken in the National Archives, such as the conservation of archives salvaged from the Public Record Office fire in 1922.

Microsites highlighting the abundant genealogy collections and contributions by the National Archives to the Decade of Centenaries can now be accessed from the new homepage, enabling easier online pathways and showcasing the variety and richness of its records which are available to the public.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Madigan said: “I am delighted to be here in the National Archives to view first-hand the exciting new developments both on-site and online and I look forward to accessing the rich range of records and information at”.


The department has a short video accompanying its announcement on its Twitter feed at


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