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Saturday 25 February 2017

Send a message to the world - give Central Bank to start-ups

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

The Central Bank building on Dublin’s Dame Street
The Central Bank building on Dublin’s Dame Street

What should we do with the iconic Central Bank building in Dame Street? Imagine if we did something creative. Rather than sell it off to be turned into a hotel (which is the plan), why not turn this fantastic site into a start-up hub offering extremely low rents to start-up companies, right in the centre of the city?

If we are serious about being seen as a start-up nation, the State has to make some big statements.

And what better statement than offering the symbol of a failed old Irish institution (a central bank that missed a massive property/credit bubble) to new Irish companies about to make their mark on the world?

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