8 THIRTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE [1868-69.
The usual works of ordinary repairs and maintenance have been executed to the different public buildings in charge of the Commissioners.
These include in Dublin The Viceregal Residences in Dublin Castle and the Phoenix Park; the Chief Secretary'*, Under Secretary's, and Private Secretary's Lodges.
All Official Residences and Public Offices^ in Dublin Castle, and all Government Offices in Dublin, whether in buildings belonging to the Crown, or in rented houses.
The institutions of the Royal Hospital.
Kilmainham, and the Royal Hibernian Military School, Phoenix Park; the buildings oi' the Royal Dublin Society, the Royal College of Science, Stephen's-green, the National Gallery, and the Royal Irish Academy.
Considerable progress has been made with the works of constructing a new Court and Offices for the Vice-Chancellor, and the re-arrangement of the several Offices connected with the Court of Chancery.
The re-arrangement of the other Offices is held over pendÂ¬ ing the decision of the Government.
Police Courts, de.
The new Central Police Courts are now occupied, and the premises formerly used as Courts for the Divisional Magistrates, are now available for the accommodation of the Police Force, and are about to be adapted for that purpose.
The several Stations, Offices, and Barracks within the Metropolitan Police District have been duly maintained.
The building known as the Old Sheriff's Prison, in Green-street, has been fitted up as a Barrack for the Police now quartered in rented houses in Beresford-place, and a saving will result to Government of the rent now paid for these premises.
The necessary repairs and maintenance of the Dep6t in the Phoenix Park, and the several Barracks, the property of the Crown, throughout the country have been duly attended to.
The works connected with the enlargement of the Barracks at William-street, Limerick, have been completed, and the building is now occupied by the Force.
Contracts have been entered into for erecting
new barracks at Bally duff, county Waterford, and Errismore, county Galway; and it is expected that they will be available within the present year.
At Clonakilty, county Cork, Killarney, county Kerry, Divn-gannon, county Armagh, and Skibbereen, county Cork, new Barracks are also to be provided; the plans for the two former have been approved by the Lord Lieutenant, and tenders for the works will be invited as soon as practicable.
The plans for the two latter are delayed pending the obtaining sites.
The Convict Prisons at Mountjoy and Smithfield, in Dublin, and Spike Island, county Cork, and the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum, at Dundrum, county Dublin, have been duly maintained.
At the latter a new boundary wall has been built during the past year, which effectually prevents all means of trespass by the patients on the grounds of the adjoining proprietors, a practice which had been the cause of much complaint.
Arrangements are at present under consideration for extending the Convict Establishment at Lusk, by which the prison at Smifchfield may be dispensed with and the building disÂ¬ posed of.
Custom Houses and Inland Revenue Buildings.
The repairs and maintenance of the several buildings connected with the Customs and Inland Revenue Departments, which arc the property of the Crown, have been duly attended to.
The offices at Cork, Dublin, and Limerick have been duly maintained.
Royal Dublin Society, Kildare-street.
Several works for completing the fittings and arrangements of the Natural History Museum have been effected and are being still continued.
Extensive additions have been made to the large Conservatories in the Society's Gardens at Glasnevin.
The work is just completed, and will afford the required increased accommodation.