Rory W wrote:Er - other than the fact it has been our parliament since 1922 then no nothing interesting has happened there (akin to saying nothing interesting has happened at westminster since the germans bombed it but hey-ho)
OK, on mature reflection, it was wrong of me to be dismissive of our public representatives and their acivities in de house
, but if we look at our school history books, most of the momentous stuff, Grattan's parliament, the first Dail etc., took place in the other buildings mentioned. To me, this fact gives us the opportunity to consider
the creation of an entirely new building, an opportunity that other countries, with purpose built parliament houses, don't have, or would never need.
Remember, the idea (not mine) of a new purpose built parliament house, came about as an alternative to the major structural interventions that, it was reported, Leinster House may require to keep it functioning as the Oireachtas, you know, moving forward
And OK it was also wrong of me to refer to our elected representatives as 'culchies', when perhaps little over half of them are actual culchies.
gunter, it is a common perception that most of the DÃ¡il Chamber dates to the 1890s, when in fact the vast majority of it dates to the conversion of 1924-1926. All of the furnishings were purpose-made for parliament, and the lecture theatre throughly altered. Little other than the columns and railings (much reproduction) remains.
I didn't know that Graham.
You're probably right that the current Dail chamber has significant architectural merit in it's own right, I had never thought of it that way. The mahogany always reminded me of a court room and the blue carpet, if it smelled of popcorn, I'd say cinema.
I do like your last idea: relocate the good parts of the Dail chamber to a new parliament house on Leinster Lawn, This would have the added benefit of uncluttering the south wing of Leinster House and maybe increase the connection possibilities between the National Museum on Kildare Street and the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street.
The possibilities with this idea are just endless.
If this gets off the ground, it will elevate johnglas to guru status!
Are we ready for this?:)
P.S. Is that a futuristic robot, or a prototype espresso machine in your b&w photo?