Great work there, lads
It really is heart breaking to see such a piss poor job done at the most important state-owned buildings in the capital, which are to be the focus of the EU presidency.
Dublin Castle is "Dublin's Louvre", containing numerous museums, state apartments, etc.
If they can't get it right here, what chance elsewhere?
The quality of the work is simply shockingly bad, an must be obvious to even the most casual observer. The ghastly plastic bollards round off a bloody awful job perfectly - cheap, garish, and nasty - right beside Thomas Cooley's City Hall, arguably the capital\s finest building. Awful.
The government has apparently placed enormous emphasis on tourism, with both "The Gathering" and the Tourism Recovery Task Force.
What is the purpose of these initiatives for if they allow such shoddy, sloppy, unhelpful work at the State's main historic venue of the EU Presidency?
They would have much been better to leave alone. I won't even bother mentioning removing the central feature continuing to be a surface car park.
The only good side to this is that should NGO put in a complaint to Europe regarding Irish authorities' general dereliction of architectural heritage protection, at least some of the EU officials will have seen the standards with their own eyes.
Really, shame on them. Shame on them completely.