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Harmony regained in the public realm - for now

Conor Skehan


Bun fights like the one over the opening of the Phoenix Park gates need to be seen in in a wider context

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CAFE CULTURE: People dining out on Princes Street in Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

CAFE CULTURE: People dining out on Princes Street in Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

CAFE CULTURE: People dining out on Princes Street in Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Instead of constantly criticising public officials for mistakes and misdemeanours, let us try a different approach. Let us try recognition, praise and encouragement when they get it right.

We should welcome the announcement of the reopening of the Phoenix Park gates by Minister of State at the Office of Public Works (OPW) Patrick O'Donovan, who acknowledged public anger - both about the closure and the lack of consultation.

It is an important story about an averted wrong in which everybody wins - just by doing the right thing. It exemplifies trying to find a place of accommodation for people with different views that need to co-exist. The reputations of the minister, the OPW and the local communities are all enhanced as progress is made towards a better world - in tiny steps - by trying to re-cast a plan that will meet the needs of a wider population than vocal special interests.