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Irish big hitter Murray Ó'Laoire goes bust

Murray Ó’Laoire Architects (MÓLA) has plunged into liquidation, blaming a lack of work and a raft of unpaid bills

The award-winning practice behind Thomond Park stadium has cut, with immediate effect, 127 jobs in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Moscow, Bratislava and Aachen.

A notice on the firm’s website acknowledges the ‘enormous contribution of so many wonderful, talented and tremendously loyal staff,’ thanking them for ‘professionalism and support over the years.’

It reads: ‘We will do all we possibly can within the constraints of the liquidation process to minimise the impact of this event on our creditors, our clients and our staff.’

It is as yet unclear what effect liquidation will have on existing schemes by the firm, which was established in 1979 by Hugh Murray and Seán Ó’Laoire.

Ó’Laoire told the Irish Times: ‘It’s a very sad day for the architectural profession in Ireland.’

‘What we’re looking at now is the devastation of Ireland’s building industry and its associated professions.

‘We could see many, many building, architectural and engineering firms disappear off the face of the earth unless there is a radical rethink about the allocation of resources.’

Last month the AJ reported that two thirds of architects in Ireland had been made redundant in the past two years.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) estimates half of its members are unemployed.

MÓLA won awards for the CIT Cork School of Music and the Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology.

The practice also designed the Athlone Town Centre redevelopment, the Green Building in Temple Bar, Dublin, and the Irish Pavilion at the Hannover Expo 2000.

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