Alan - You are that rare thing, A Complete and Utter Gobshite!!.
I think that I said earlier on this thread that the architectural profession needs to do some growing up. It seems to be particularly true of your postings. You obviously have talent, its a pity that you're also thin skinned and egotistical - not a pleasant combination.
You bash away at the old "we wuz robbed" line because you failed to address arelatively straightforward issue surrounding the conservation of an existing building.
You plug the 'An Taisce' thing as if it was actually something to be ashamed of to take an interest in the environment and conservation.
Personally I enjoy conservation work because it enables me to get into the skin of another architect and see things from his perspective, because it involves a different type of problem to the ones usually encountered i nnew build work and because you don't have to be part of the overblown architectural beauty parade. However for myself the bulk of my work is new build and rather good stuff at that.
You seem to have a problem with that.
I'm an ex member and ex council member of An Taisce and am very proud of my time with them. I don't agree with everythig that they do or say but the'yre commited to long term improvement of environment, most are volunteers and they're not afraid of the development lobby (by which I mean the Healey Rae types and the Mohair Suit brigade).
As to your extraordinary rants at those who disagree with you and your repeated self aggrandisement - Frankly its embarassing. You repeatedly refuse to discuss the architectural merits of the actual proposal one way or another reject any form of true discussion.
Thats why I don't feel much inclination to get involved in this thread - Its impossible to discuss this situation (and it is an interesting one) in a non confrontational manner with you.
Now I'm aware that this reply is lengthy and thatI am not exactly being temperate in my comments, however your tone throughout is really appalling, and rude, and dismissive.