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Saturday 19 April 2014

People's Parliament discuss ways to improve Dublin

What would you change about Dublin if you had the chance? A number of comedians, commentators and public officials came together in a public assembly today to discuss what they would do differently with Ireland's capital.

The event is part of a series organised by Dublin Genius director Naoise Nunn and included contributions by Comedian Tara Flynn, writer Robert O’Byrne and architect Ali Grehan. It was moderated by Labour councillor and former Lord Mayor of Dublin Dermot Lacey.

Not all topics were serious, with some joke topics included, including the removal of women from public transport.

The first discussion surrounded the decline of Georgian Dublin and the increase in apartment blocks by satirist Paddy Cullivan, who said nazis would have done less damage to Dublin if they had invaded.

Mr O'Byrne's topic was that of the decline of O'Connell street, which he said Dublin City Council should be ashamed of.

"I'm sure you all agree with me that Dublin City Council should be castigated for their appalling current condition of O'Connell Street," he said.

"It is notable that on his plinth at the start of O'Connell Street that [the Daniel] O'Connell [statue] rightly turns his back on the street that bears his name. I think it's a complete shame and a disgrace that Dublin Council should be thoroughly castigated and roundly condemned to have given this great Irish patriot the setting that he and all of us so definitely do not deserve."

Mr O'Byrne was discussing the quantity of fast food and gambling outlets on the street.

Further Dublin Genius events will take place tonight, with a Leviathon political cabaret event taking place at 8pm in the Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street and a comedy show taking place in the International Bar on Wicklow Street at 7pm.

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