The Spire — nicknamed the ‘Stiletto in the Ghetto’ — was originally touted as being ‘self-cleaning’ as it was designed to allow rain to flow off, taking any dirt with it. Indeed, because of this it is still believed to require less cleaning than it would otherwise. However, an average of almost €225,000 has been spent on maintaining the structure each year between 2003 and 2011.

 

‘Self-Cleaning’ Spire’s Upkeep Costs Hit €2.1m (Edel Kennedy, Irish Independent)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)