Wednesday 14 November 2018

Curtain comes down on Leinster House - to disguise upcoming renovation works

A view of Leinster House from Merrion street.Pic Tom Burke
A view of Leinster House from Merrion street.Pic Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

Picture the scene.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, or even US President Donald Trump, arrive at Leinster House for a tour of the parliament during their visits to Ireland.

The political heavyweights are greeted by bricks and mortar and dozens of construction workers involved in the long-awaited renovation works of the parliament.

It wouldn’t give off the best possible first impressions, to say the least.

But the canny Leinster House authorities are drawing up a plan to protect the image of Leinster House during the renovation of the Seanad chamber.

A giant curtain - displaying a replica image of the back of Leinster House - will be draped around the historic building in a bid to disguise the ugly mess.

They say image is everything - so why should politics be any different?

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