In response to our story yesterday about the Irish Military War Museum being forced to close its doors for the final time this weekend due to spiralling insurance costs and a demand for rates from Meath County Council who were claiming it wasn’t a museum at all rather a storage unit for war memorabilia the council have given us a statement in which they concede that the museum is in fact, ‘SHOCK HORROR’, a museum.

That’s important because it appears museums are exempt from rates.

The full statement is below but the relevant part reads, ‘ Meath County Council granted planning permission under planning reference SA110809 for development described as a two storey military museum building to accommodate display area, meeting areas and visitor facilities with a plan area of 499m2.

‘An outdoor obstacle course comprising fixed obstacles, climbing equipment, and aerial walkways. Associated hard and soft landscaping, parking areas, access roads and site development works to include a surface water attenuation pond. Construction of on-site wastewater treatment plant, polishing filter and percolation area, ‘

Full statement reads

1. Meath County Council deals with all businesses on the basis of the activity that is carried out at the property. This has been demonstrated on the application of the recent Rates Waiver for Covid, Restart Grant, and SBASC scheme. For rating purposes, the category of the actual property (not business) is determined by The Valuation Office, which is the State property valuation body. Any business that has queries in relation to the valuation of a property should direct these queries to The Valuation Office.

2. Meath County Council granted planning permission under planning reference SA110809 for development described as a two storey military museum building to accommodate display area, meeting areas and visitor facilities with a plan area of 499m2. An outdoor obstacle course comprising fixed obstacles, climbing equipment and aerial walkways. Associated hard and soft landscaping, parking areas, access roads and site development works to include surface water attenuation pond. Construction of on-site wastewater treatment plant, polishing filter and percolation area, Significant Further information / Revised plans submitted on this application.

An additional permission under planning reference LB160497 was granted for develdevelopment will consist of: a) the retention of existing entrance hut with covered area. b) the retention of existing toilet block. c) the retention of existing stable block. d) the retention of existing storage and changing area. e) permission is also sought for a single storey mono-pitched extension to the rear of existing museum for use as a display area and visitor facilities. f) together with all associated site work

3. Meath Partnership is independent to MCC

We will keep you updated as we learn more.