Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dublin doesn't need a makeover - our drink culture does

Dublin city centre in the evening. Photo: Thinkstock
Dublin city centre in the evening. Photo: Thinkstock

Failte Ireland's new chairman, Michael Cawley, has just announced a €20m fund to give Dublin a makeover. He also said that our capital needed to reconsider its Temple Bar image. "We need to clean up its image. Temple Bar, long an asset, has become less than an asset, shall we say. I don't want to be overly negative about it, but we need to do better," he said.

It's sadly too true.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual liveability index, our capital ranks just 20th in Europe. The report assesses the liveability of cities based on a number of key factors, including stability and the quality of culture, the environment and infrastructure.

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