Wednesday 24 January 2018

Officials all-a-flutter and in a flap over EU office flagpole

HOW many people does it take to move a flagpole? Dozens, by the looks of things. The European Commission has its main office in Ireland in Dublin's Dawson Street – appropriately enough, it's called European Union House.

The building is owned by Irish Property Unit Trust (IPUT), an investment vehicle that owns a number of high-profile assets around Dublin. The IPUT's major unit-holders include the Eircom Pension Fund, CIE Pension Schemes, An Post and Guinness Pension Nominees.

The European Commission representative office applied in July to the council to move a flagpole (and the flag) a few feet higher and to another part of the wall outside the building. You wouldn't think it would be so much bother. The Rail Procurement Agency (RPA) objected because it said the new location could interfere with planned overhead Luas power lines.

The flagpole would only extend over part of the footpath. But the planner, who had to inspect the site, mind you, agreed that the European Commission bods would need to have a conversation with the RPA and then submit drawings showing a revised location for the flagpole and flag that would not interfere with overhead wires.

So now it will be back over to Node Architects to come up with a new drawing of a pole on a building. You think the Irish can't outdo Brussels officialdom? Think again.

Irish Independent

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