29 Sep 2008
I sort of thought about going up to Croker during the week for the Sean Dunne hearings but couldn’t trust myself to sit quietly in the back. Can you imagine me trying to keep my mouth shut in the same room as:
  • a local authority planner testifies that the design of the Dunne proposal was of high architectural quality? Any sane person would jump out of their seat and demand to know what other works of high quality architecture she’s familiar with.
  • some Dermot Desmond (friend of Charlie Haughey who, separately, successfully made lots of money during the 80s) paid spokesperson claims that planning decisions shouldn’t be made to suit the financial desires of developers? I hope someone in the back row did one of those pretend coughs where you actually say a word. Ah-IFSC-hem.
  • some Danish architect tells some shaggy dog story about the proposed tower being shorter than the Spire because he didn’t want to cause some sort of offence to Ian Ritchie?
Due process? Bord Pleanala hearings are to due process what Junior Cert physics practicals are to the Hadron Collider.

Meanwhile, how many of you have had the following conversation on O’Connell Street with your 8 year old on a trip to Dublin:

8YO (losing patience)  
I can’t see the stupid thing.

YOU (equally losing patience)  
It’s the big huge thing beside the GPO!

WHAT big huge thing?

 … the feckin metal yoke THAT LOOKS LIKE A NEEDLE…

I CAN’T SEE ANY METAL… thing… oh, I see it now. Is there a McDonalds on this street?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 9:29:50 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Your 8 year old expresses the same 'so what?' look/feelings that most viewers (sic) do...the Needle is a colossal waste of money that could have been better spent on something more tangible. It surely won't go down as a wonder of the world in any age!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:49:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I might like it better if they painted it red.
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