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I saw Paul Koralek lecture on ABK’s work in TCD a few years ago (1999?), and he said that he considered the breaking of the wall and the creation of a new access point to be their single greatest achievement in their long involvement with the campus.

From that, I think you could probably infer that the college authorities were somewhat resistant to the idea, though Mr Koralek did not elaborate.

Whether TCD had a policy regarding restricting access, I don’t know. I do know that UCD, when moving to Belfield, had concerns about providing too many access points to the (at the time, 200 acre + and growing) campus, due to fears about public use of the ‘private’ land. This was in contrast to the policy of the English universities constructed under the auspices of the University Grants Committee in the 1950s and 1960s, where the grounds of those universities – Sussex, UEA (Norwich), York, etc. – were considered to be amenities for the adjacent towns/cities.

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