Revenue in talks with OPW to re-open courtyard for its Cork staff

The Revenue Commissioners has contacted the Office of Public Works about finding a way to allow its staff at its Cork HQ to use a courtyard in its building, following a previous security incident in which stones were thrown into it.

The Revenue building in Blackpool in Cork City has an interior courtyard, however staff have not been able to avail of it in recent years following the incident in which stones were thrown into it from a nearby green space.

The incident resulted in some strengthened glass being broken, and led to instructions to staff not to use the area.

The spokesperson said the reason staff were asked not to use the courtyard was part of the Revenue Commissioners’ “duty of care to staff”.

The building located on Assumption Rd, Blackpool, is a regional office for the Revenue and has 378 staff.

There is no suggestion of any recent stone throwing activity at the office, which is next to the offices of the Irish Examiner.

One staff member in the Revenue Office in Cork said the courtyard had been closed for the past 18 months.

He said one possible solution would be to heighten the fence to the rear of the building.

Another possibility would be the construction of a covered standing area within the courtyard.


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