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Siptu urged to ban party ads at Liberty Hall

A Dublin city councillor has called for a total ban on political advertising on the new Liberty Hall building which is currently at the planning stages.

Cllr Nial Ring said he was concerned that Siptu, the building's owner, has not ruled out using the building for advertisement for its own purposes.

The current Liberty Hall building has previously been used by the Labour Party to advertise for general elections, but Cllr Ring said he hoped the rules would be changed for the new building.

He told the Herald: "I asked Siptu general secretary Joe O'Flynn if it was anticipated that the new building would be used for political advertising just like the present Liberty Hall is at election time. I was informed by Joe that this use would not be excluded.

"I believe that this use of a new and iconic building should be prohibited altogether as it would take away from the aesthetics of the building."

He added that any political advertisements draped down over the building could exclude members of the public from using the state-of-the-art facility when it is built.

The existing 17-storey Liberty Hall building will be replaced by a 20-storey tower with a glass-fronted sky lift to take visitors to an enclosed observation terrace at the top.

The new Liberty Hall will provide six levels of space for public use out in total, with a new public heritage and visitor resource.

The building will also include a theatre, as well as conference and meeting room facilities.