Cathal Dunne wrote:How about we use the Old Parliament Building as a venue for show trials of the bankers, developers and politicians who have us in the mess we're now in?
Cathal Dunne wrote:In terms of culture it could be turned into a new home for the Abbey. The old parliamentary chambers could be remodelled as theatres.
Another idea would be as a new home for Dublin City Council. Again, the parliamentary chambers could be occupied by our elected representatives. A directly elected Mayor could have their offices here too. Given that there are a number of major MNCs looking for large, high-profile offices in the city, the current Civic Offices could be sold to them.
PVC King wrote:There is one decent room in 2 College Green the great banking hall and former legislature; it is too small to accomodate an opera in any event the NCH or Liebskind theatres are both far superior.
For good or bad Bank of Ireland have made this home; carried out a number of pre 1963 modifications which work for them but are not text book; this is a building of European importance and is the last building anyone with half an once of conservation respect wants to see compromised by inserting a new use into. If this were off Place Vendome then perhaps a private hotel might work; At this location no other bid rent would come within the distance of Listowel to the Leprechaun museum of creating the budget to interfere with a use that has earned its keep over roughly 200 years. Where would you put the Bank of Ireland's South inner city main branch if they are deprived of this one for a whimsical vanity project; they sold their old one across the road 7-8 years ago and don't have another major branch close to this in Dublin 2.
Cathal Dunne wrote:Righteo, that's that ruled out then.
Cathal Dunne wrote:Tough. They and the rest of their ilk have bankrupted the country and giving up this building is a good way for them to express gratitude to the people of Ireland for all the billions they injected into the bank to keep it operational. Some public function for the Old Parliament Building is likely to be the only return we see from the rescue of the banks.
PVC King wrote:
I am looking at the Superquinn collapse 24 supermarkets, €400m in debt, I think all bankers involved in that deal should not still be in employment and should be banned from ever working in a financially regulated environment again. However there is a real danger at this point of the cycle of 'going after the banks' rather than the specific bankers who made the banks the zombie banks that they are; it is not the retail bank network that took the banks down it is the top 50 NAMA debtors of which at least 30 of whom the president of the SCS had never heard of before the list was published; does that not strike you as strange; leading valuer has never heard of 60% of top debtors? 24 supermarkets and 3 banks syndicate a loan of €400m to a business with no other income stream to cover the debt; as the FT said last weekend; Crazy lending...... Crazy taxpayer to keep any of the people responsible employed in a loss making bank.