Re: Re: Grafton Street, Dublin

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The finished product is rubbish – a plastic, Disneyland, anywhere piece of ignorantly detailed crud that lowers the tone of Grafton Street as much as any parade of mobile phone shops. And that’s before the provincial heritage Monaghan shopfront c. 1994, currently in the making, is unveiled.

Every conceivable effort was made with all stakeholders, including the Department of Environment, to make sure what has happened did not happen to this elegant vernacular Dublin street building. But it did.

One can’t point fingers as to who is responsible for this travesty of a planning scenario, which raises considerable legal questions about the validity of the very foundation of Architectural Conservation Area legislation, but as ever in Dublin, the answer is so obvious, one need not even make the effort.

What has happened here, on the capital’s ‘premier’ street, is quite simply outrageous.

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