Words: Eva O’Beirne
Dublin City Council announced last week that the roof of the Iveagh Markets would be repaired and restored.
The market, built in 1902 by Lord Iveagh, Edward Cecil Guinness, has been derelict for over 20 years and is the subject of an ongoing legal dispute. In late 2021, the Guinness family repossessed the building in the latest twist in an ongoing ownership saga.
Three parties, the Guinness’s company A.M Guinness Markets, Temple Bar publican Martin Keane and Dublin City Council have been in mediation since February 2021 but no overall agreement has yet been reached. It is understood that it has been agreed to carry out an in-depth survey of the building.
For over 75 years, the Iveagh Market housed a large number of Dublin’s traders under a 99-year lease agreement between the Guinness family and Dublin Corporation.
A previous inspection estimated that repairs could cost €23 million.
Previous concerns over the state of the roof of the building were raised in 2021 due to damage caused by Storm Barra.
The Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Richard Shakespeare, issued a statement to councillors on the news.
He said: “The City Council executive has directed the immediate commencement of the process which shall enable preservation works to the roof of the Market Building, a protected structure.”
The Council is expected to seek state funding for the restoration.
During the summer, the Revolutionary Housing League placed an acquisition order on the markets and “renamed” the premises.
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