Close encounters of the Celtic Tiger kind
With Johnny Ronan and Bertie Ahern opening a project begun in 1997, it's like the boom never ended, writes Eamon Delaney
So the new convention centre has opened in the Dublin docklands, spanking new and costing a fortune.
Forgive us for carping a little, but it seems that these days, not only are we living in two worlds -- there's the convention centre, and the Aviva Stadium with its overpriced seats, and well, there's the rest of us -- but we are also living on two timelines.
Cleary, the convention centre is something that should have opened during the boom (it has all that feel), but with the delays and an unexpected downturn, it means that it just opened now, and so it's time for a surreal retro moment of Bertie backslapping Johnny Ronan. Yes, it's just like the Celtic Tiger once again.