Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, noted that Áras an Chontae was located among many historic buildings – the Courthouse, the Sacred Heart Church and Roscommon Castle.
“The location of Áras an Chontae in the midst of these historic buildings reflects and acknowledges the past, while still respecting their continuing significance and their democratic influence on communities,” he said.
He also said that the development of the civic offices also included the provision of three new car parks, with more than 300 free spaces. This, he added, provided a “connecting pathway into the town centre”.
“The car parks provide easy access to offices, shops, restaurants, cafés, financial institutions and, above all, they will enhance and support the commercial and residential viability of the town,” Cllr. Kilduff said.
The official opening of the building was one of the last formal ceremonies attended by Cllr. Kilduff in his capacity as Cathaoirleach.
“Today is a very special day for me, as I stand here to open this magnificent building,” he told the large crowd.
“This modern building shows the world that we belong to a modern society with modern and real expectations of a better future, built around the democratic model of governance.
“We stand here today ready and willing to move into a new way of thinking and working, a new collaboration with our communities, where everyone’s view is valued and respected.”