15 thoughts on “Restoring The Unrestorable

  1. david

    Plenty of money for this but no housing for the poor
    And people wondered how Lenin came to power and the tsar got his bullet

    1. Fact Checker

      Leinster House is actually very small and shabby by the standards of most national parliaments.

      1. The Old Boy

        We do have quite a history of penurious under-investment in our public buildings, starting with the threadbare rebuilding of the Four Courts and Custom House in the earliest days of the state.

        Leinster House and its associated buildings have been allowed to fall into a risibly poor state thanks to an unwillingness to spend money on it.

        1. scottser

          the same arguments being had about westminister; you spend a lot of cash and end up with a building not fit for purpose as the centre of modern government. you could build from scratch in a decentralised location for less than this restoration.

          however, i do take your point about some of our architectural gems and their neglect. ever see the state of the customs house interior and ceilings? twould make you weep.

          1. Fact Checker

            A much nicer arrangement could be achieved on the same campus if the bullet was bitten and parking was put underground and the space used for actual buildings. The current set-up with portacabins visible and cars rammed into tiny spaces is really ugly.

            Combined with the general shabbiness of the place (porters’ uniforms look like a Captain Birdseye costume from the 1970s), it really gives the impression that Ireland does not take government seriously.

          2. The Old Boy

            I agree with you to an extent, Scottser. Leinster House isn’t even a fraction as important to the psyche of the nation as the Palace of Westminster is to Britain.

            However, I can’t be the only one who instinctively thought “Oh God” when I read the word decentralisation. As we learned the hard way, simply moving things out of Dublin is not decentralisation. Yes, you could build a state-of-the-art modern set of government and parliamentary buildings just off the M6 for a relatively reasonable sum, although I think there is little value in wild speculation about how much such a project would cost. My own wild speculation is that it would end up a costly disaster; staff wouldn’t move, cost overruns etc etc and the only people who end up happy are the citizens of Moate.

            The other point (whisper it) is that sums of money involved are not all that large in terms of government spending.

  2. Mr Indica

    Really they should build a new one, and return Leinster House to a museum. Yes it will cost, (cue usual shouting and bleating from the hard lefties…) but it should be done.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      I actually agree.

      However, I wouldn’t trust the state to correctly handle it to the best interests of the people they represent. There would have to be something in it for them.

  3. spudnick

    Couldn’t a few quid be thrown at Aldborough House on Portland Row while they’re at it? It used to house the Dept of P & Ts. It would make a great government building.

    Sadly, a bit too nortsoide and away from the Merrion St/Stephen’s Green nexus.

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