Tuesday 23 May 2017

Is a hapless former FF minister really the right person to inspire a cultural revival?

Former Fianna Fail Minister Noel Dempsey. Photo: Collins
Former Fianna Fail Minister Noel Dempsey. Photo: Collins
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

News that former Fianna Fail minister Noel Dempsey is to head up an agency to revitalise the somewhat tawdry Temple Bar area is enough to make the heart sink.

At a time when we want fresh and original personalities to drive the transformation of all aspects of our society, from the nation's finances, to the capital's showcase 'cultural quarter', here we are getting landed, again, with a hapless former minister from the old regime that led us into a bankruptcy and bailout for which we will paying for generations to come.

Hardly an inspiration.

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