Civic HQ to be completed next month

Construction of the new Civic Headquarters of Roscommon County Council is due to be completed by August – but it will be another 40 years before the local authority have fully paid for the €15 million project.

  The entire building will be 6,250 sq. ft. in size and among the amenities on site will be a council chamber and various meeting rooms.

  “The anticipated completion date of the new Civic Headquarters is August 2015,” said Brian Duffy, the council’s information officer, who added that staff would begin to occupy the building in September.

  The council have already started paying for the €12.86 million (plus VAT) project, Mr Duffy added.

  “Partial repayments have commenced,” he said, in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act. “Repayments are processed twice annually, in June and December.

  “Roscommon County Council is financing the loan over a 40-year term.”

  At present, the local authority are spending €314,000 per annum for the lease of five buildings for various departments of the council and for office use.

  Mr Duffy added: “It is anticipated that all (lease) agreements will cease when the staff have relocated to the new Civic Headquarters.”