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It's time we learned to love our great capital city

I AM a little tired of hearing negative comments about Dublin.

In recent days we've read of possible disruption to city businesses and traffic caused by the Luas connection works. We've also heard of increased water charges for businesses in the city next year.

While these are important issues I feel – as we head into 2014 with an improving economy – we need to stress the positive aspects of our great capital city.

Dublin is a compact place. It's a walking city with wide boulevards – like O'Connell Street and Dame Street – and great shopping streets like Grafton Street and Henry Street.

When I look at it, I see the wonderful built heritage that has been left to us. It is one of the few cities in the world that has a series of quite beautiful Georgian squares. I love the central spine of Dublin: from the cathedral quarter (St Patrick's Cathedral and Christchurch) coming down past City Hall (not a lot of Dubliners are aware of what a magnificent building this is – and it has a museum in the basement to boot!)

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One of the great areas of the city is College Green. With the old parliament building (now Bank of Ireland) and Trinity College across the road.

There are so many exquisite and varied buildings in Dame Street if only you take the time to look upwards. Then walk over O'Connell Bridge, which because of its unusual dimensions is world renowned (it's very nearly a square), down the wide main street of Dublin (O'Connell Street) to one of the icons of our city – the GPO.

Walk on, to Parnell Square, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Garden of Remembrance.

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Compared with 15 years ago, the Docklands is improving by the month. We now have the amazing Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Convention Centre.

Proud new architecture for our city.

I can't wait for the next few years in Dublin. We have great plans. A new city library will be built at the north end of Parnell Square. This will be the start of bringing this great area back to what it once was – a high quality square in the city centre.

The Luas cross city link will be completed in a few short years.

The new paving of Grafton Street will be completed this year, allowing shoppers and tourists alike to enjoy the great selection of shops along this wonderful street.

The Rosie Hackett Bridge will also open in 2014. The Abbey is 110 years old and I can't wait for the celebrations.

We have started recently working on two older areas of the city to bring them to the standard that they deserve – Thomas Street and the Victorian fruit and vegetable market just off Capel Street.

Compared with only a number of years ago, public transport, by bus and rail has improved in leaps and bounds.

We can be negative about changes to our city centre if we wish, but as someone who ran a business in town for many years, and who is deeply committed to our city, I choose to be positive.

David Brennan is the chief executive of the Dublin City Business Association


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