I think brick was used in a lot of 1970's buildings, esp. in Lower Mount Street, and kind of makes the use of it seem inadvisable. The truth is that these buildings were probably designed on a lower budget with pre-cast concrete originally intended as the cladding material. When the budget was increased and/or they realised they would get P.P. with brick instead, that is what they decided to use. The problem is usually with the design and not the brick. Polished Granite isn't so bad. I think a few good examples of brick use include the new foyer and fronting square in UCD Blackrock, Co. Dublin. The library next to this is also aside this space.