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09 March 2009

1889 – Town Hall, Banba Sq., Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Architect: Robert P. Gill Still extant, but now in use as Nenagh Arts Centre. Constructed as a 3-bay buiulding with fine round-headed doors and windows.

06 March 2009

2008 – York Street Social Housing, Dublin

Architect: Seán Harrington Architects Working closely with Dublin City Council and the local community, Seán Harrington Architects have designed 66 apartments, a community centre and a retail unit in York Street in Dublin...

06 March 2009

Brakes are on and plans are on hold, but Treasury says it’s in it for long haul

Twenty years after it was conceived as a project and following three competitions for the tender to build it, the National Conference Centre (NCC) is well under way at Spencer Dock, on a...

05 March 2009

High flyer still optimistic despite bleak outlook

The cancellation of a lavish lunch for 500 guests at Punchestown racecourse last April – to celebrate Ballymore Properties’ 25th anniversary – was the first indication that even Seán Mulryan was feeling the...

04 March 2009

Moisture plagues ‘impermeable’ gallery

The new Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario, designed as an impregnable fortress against the harsh Canadian weather, is already showing chinks in its armour. Recent visitors to the newly reopened and much...

04 March 2009

Tough year for man once lionised as a ‘wizard’

It has been a tough year for Bernard McNamara – much of it in the public eye. Indeed, he ended up taking all the flak over the collapse of public-private partnership (PPP) schemes...

03 March 2009

Ambitious park plan loses bridge

Belfast City Council has lost out on EU money to help build a £7m M2 motorway footbridge to its planned Giant’s Park. The council applied to the European Union’s Peace 3 programme for...

03 March 2009

Top name in urban renewal is now virtually idle

Liam Carroll’s development work is virtually at a standstill. Once the principal engine of urban renewal in Dublin, churning out shoebox apartments all over the inner city, as well as Ireland’s most unlikely...

03 March 2009

Removal of Dáil car park opposed by some members of commission

The temporary car park in Leinster House, which covered a historic lawn when it was created nearly a decade ago, is to be removed this summer, the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission decided...