Mary Robinson Centre – Agreement on purchase of Victoria House, Ballina, Co Mayo

Posted in Press Releases on August 2, 2019.


Mayo County Council has today confirmed  that agreement has been reached on the purchase of Victoria House, Ballina , Co Mayo.

Contracts and paperwork will be completed over the coming weeks and subject to all relevant requirements, construction of the Mary Robinson Centre will commence in November 2019.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy welcomed today’s news as “ A great step forward for what is an major project for County Mayo. The significant community support will be key to the success of this project”

The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council , Peter Hynes outlined “ This marks a significant development in the progress of the Centre, a project which is of significant importance for Ireland in general and for County Mayo in particular . We hope it will provide a national model for honoring and building on the contribution of significant civic figures in the Country”

Mayo County Council thanked Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the significant contribution of €2m towards the costs and for her Departments continued support on the project.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of The Victoria House Foundation, Chair Emer Gilvarry welcomed the news saying “The support of many – locally, nationally and internationally – has been vital in sustaining this project and bringing it to this important stage of development.

As a Board, together with our partners at Mayo County Council and NUI Galway, we look forward to now creating a world-class centre for human rights, gender equality and climate change, exploring the life’s work and legacy of Mary Robinson in her childhood home here in Ballina.”

Further details in relation to the project will be published in the coming weeks.

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