The next project for TCD to tackle is surely their Pearse Street buildings which are in dreadful condition.
The next project for TCD is to move all the engineering and physical sciences departments to a new technology campus and release the old buildings they presently occupy for occupantion by tenants more sympathetic to their upkeep.
As things stand there is every argument in favour of this move like
* TCD's engineering school is longtime the worst in Ireland, largely due to inadequate labs;
* You can't adapt old buildings to modern flexible arrangement needed by engineering/science labs;
* There is no more space in the College Green site;
* The antique buildings and too many non-scientist types surrounding the engineering/science faculty
has a demoralising effect on all wanting freedom to make technological progress;
* TCD already has a nice chunk of ground around the old canal docks which could be developed;
and only one plausible argument against it, i.e. that there would be less social mixing
between the humanities/social sciences/life sciences students and those relocated to the new tech campus.
But I think that a dedicated rail line (within the existing track) between the two campuses could solve a lot of this.
It would also enable lecturing staff to travel from one campus to the other in good time.
Yes, this'll take a share of dough.
But I notice a few multi-millionaires on the TCD development board :http://www.tcd.ie/development/about/ourboard.php
I think that money and its raising is not the real issue here.
It seems to me that the real issue is the attitude of those who appoint the board and approve its objectives . . . .
The crusty old farts club.