Golden bank’s float and greet | Ireland

The new Central Bank of Ireland office has been described as gold-plated but staff had a frugal welcome to the neighbourhood at North Wall Quay, Dublin.

A breakdown of the €127m spent on the headquarters so far shows that the bank laid out €1,000 on “team engagement and recognition” on the Cill Airne, a boat moored on the Liffey that houses a bar and restaurant. The Central Bank also spent €2,000 on communications materials and €4,000 on “various taxi costs”.

The bulk of the money has gone to Walls Construction, the main contractor on the eight-storey Central Bank building, which received more than €71m up to the end of March. Architectural Aluminium, a Dublin company that designed and installed the building’s gold-coloured facade, has been…

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