The Rutland Fountain, Merrion Square in its heyday (top) and today (above)
A waterless fountain.
“A classic example of municipal laziness and lack of civic pride. This is the Rutland Fountain on Merrion Square just down from Government Buildings. As you can see it is enclosed by a railing, and the water turned off. But if you look at the drawing from the National Library, you can see what the fountain is missing – its statue (note the clam) and the running water – it is a fountain after all. Structurally the edifice is fine having been renovated in 2009 and the water could easily be reconnected. I mean how difficult is it to put a replica statue back in situ?“