Re asking the opinion of London architecture critics; during radio news coverage of the planning appeal, Mr Pawley was described as an "international architecture critic".
On the face of it this presumably just means that Mr Pawley has had work published in more than one country, but it seems to me to suggest that since everybody who knows about architecture in Ireland seems to think the development is bad, the developers had to cast abroad for someone to speak in favour of it. The developers no doubt would view this as having to go abroad to find someone who knows about architecture.
Also, regarding the spreading wide of nets, local residents were apparently approached with offers of money to withdraw objections or speak in favour the Spencer Dock Development (an allegation which has also circulated regarding the sudden withdrawal of the only two objections to the demolition of Pelican House). God we're such begrudgers.
Lastly, Pawley's article fails to mention the fact that the whole purpose of the development was to build a conference centre (part financed by additional commercial development), not to magnaminously offer to overdevelop an entire city quarter and, hey, let's throw in a conference centre as well.
Talk about tails wagging dogs.