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Doolan - Temple Bar must stop being a playground for loutish behaviour

4 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking ahead of today‚s meeting of Temple Bar Properties Board, said "If Temple Bar is to move beyond being a playground for loutish behaviour the focus needs to be on culture, arts and recreation and not just bars and car parks. They contribute little to the image of the city and have made life intolerable for many residents in this community."

Councillor Doolan said:

"For too long residents in this community have had to live with the larger louts of the world arriving on their door steps and treating their streets as some sort of playground. It really is time to work to relaunch Temple Bar as a leading light of culture and art but this will only happen if we, as Directors of Temple Bar Properties, make it happen.

"At today's crucial meeting I will be arguing that we build on the good work of The Ark Children‚s centre, the galleries and the Film Institute. We have to stop allowing the developers of office blocks, bars and car parks to dictate how we develop this area and ensure that Temple Bar becomes the cultural quarter that it was initially intended to be.

"I would call on the government to assist us by investing in the arts and culture of the capital not with the expectations of financial return but with the view that arts and culture play an essential part of the life of Dublin and will assist in attracting people back into the city centre to work and live." ENDS

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