Taking the shine off the Spire
Ever since poor old Nelson lost his head on O'Connell Street, the capital has been in need of a focal point.
There were many noble, but ultimately ill-fated, attempts to give a recognisable visible heart to our metropolis.
One thinks of the Millennium Clock, or the 'Time in the Slime' as it became known; alas it was swept away by the Liffey's tide. Eamonn O'Doherty's Anna Livia, commissioned in 1988, quickly became known as the 'Floozie in the Jacuzzi'. She too got short shrift.