Council to spend more than €420k to clean the Spire

by Gazette Reporter

Dublin City Council will pay a contractor more than €420k to keep The Spire clean for the next five years.

The 120m monument – touted as ‘self-cleaning’ when first installed in 2003 – cost e4.6m to erect and cleaning costs to date total €2.7m.

Sinn Fein Cllr Daniel Ceitinn told Dublin Gazette: “It’s infuriating. There are a lot of good things we could do with €420,000.”

He continued: “It cost more than €4.5m and was supposed to be self-cleaning, but now Dublin City Council have to foot the bill.

“Management need to lay out if any attempts have been made to claw back costs and explain why we are still outsourcing maintenance.

“It has cost the taxpayer almost €3m to date to clean a self-cleaning monument.”

Clondalkin-based company Lynch Interact, which has undertaken cleaning and maintenance of the structure for the past three years, was the only firm to submit an official tender for the five-year contract.

Dublin City Council had put an estimated price tag of €450,000 on the new five-year contract, which has come in at €421,366.

The giant needle, which was installed to celebrate the Millennium, is located on the site of the former Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street.

The Spire was originally touted as being self-cleaning as it was designed to allow rain to run off, taking any dirt away with it.

The contract covers the maintenance of the structure and all of the electrical, mechanical, monitoring and control systems.

Speaking on Newstalk Cllr Mannix Flynn (Ind) said: “I think it’s simply outrageous that in first commissioning of this work that we were told it was self-cleaning.

“Now we’re spending vast amounts of money, what could be spent on the likes of the Oliver Bond flats.

“It is a spectacular piece of work but the fact of the matter is if it’s going to cost a lot of money I would not put art or artefacts above the public wellbeing.”

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