Thursday 19 April 2018

Monstrous waste on a building we don't need

The only thing more obscene than the €36.6m bill for Dun Laoghaire library is its appearance, writes Ian Morris

Construction in Dun Laoghaire in front of the Marine Hotel.
Construction in Dun Laoghaire in front of the Marine Hotel.
Ian Morris

Ian Morris

THE new library and 'cultural centre' in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, which is still under construction but due to open later this year, is expected to have a final price tag of about €36.6m and that's taxpayers' money – your money.

If we go by the last census of Dun Laoghaire town, then every man, woman and child will have kicked in about a grand in construction costs. So what are we getting for our money?

Well, the "monstrosity" – as many locals have called it – will contain rooms for local arts and community groups, which we already have via the Boylan Community Centre just around the corner. There'll be a cafe (because the 20 or so cafes we already have in Dun Laoghaire aren't quite getting the job done, apparently, even with the addition of two Starbucks in the last 12 months). A 100-seat auditorium seems totally wasteful considering we have the Pavilion theatre with a capacity of over 300, not to mention a modern multiplex cinema, the IMC off Lower George's Street.

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