Hard-pressed taxpayers fund convention centre
I'm helping to keep Treasury Holdings in business but I can't afford to mend my leaky roof, writes Liam Collins
Up the escalators you go, on and on, until you are looking out through the giant glass tube and over the fancy docklands apartment blocks on the other side of the river and towards the blue and purple Dublin mountains.
Behind you in the giant auditorium they have gathered for the opening of Dublin's new conference centre. Now it's down to the grinding words of the Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
In the foyer, every foyer on the two upper floors, the tables are laden with glasses of red wine and chilled white wine and waiters stand to attention waiting for the great and the good to burst through the doors so that the party can begin.