Decision day on conference centre

The firm which is to build Ireland’s long-awaited national conference centre will be announced today.

The firm which is to build Ireland’s long-awaited national conference centre will be announced today.

Tourism Minister John O’Donoghue will reveal which company has won the multi-million euro contract to construct the 2,000-seater facility.

Bids from the Anna Livia Consortium and the Spencer Dock International Conference Centre Consortium had been short-listed since March.

The project will create 3,000 jobs and generate up to €60m a year in extra tourism revenue from an expected 50,000 high-spending visitors.

The Anna Livia Consortium, led by Bennet Construction, is proposing to build the centre on a Dublin docklands site, close to the Point Depot and the Port Tunnel.

The Spencer Dock consortium is led by Treasury Holdings and aims to build the facility on Spencer Dock.

Original proposals for the project, which has been in the pipeline for over 10 years, estimated that it could be completed by 2007.

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