Dublin’s Future: New Visions for Ireland’s Capital City

10th November 2011: A new collection of essays about the future of Dublin was published this week, and launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Andrew Montague.  Edited by DIT lecturer Lorcan Sirr, the book posits the view that the future of the island’s largest and most important urban conurbation is about more than the engineering of roads and the colouring of development plans, and that the success of Dublin will ensure the success of the nation. According to its editor, “Music, literature, housing, ethnic minorities, theatre, energy, and much more all have their role to play in making and sustaining Dublin as firstly Ireland’s premier city and economic engine, and secondly as a place where people will want to live, visit, do business, be educated, create, spend, be cared for, be employed in, and in which to age.”

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Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Andrew Montague, who launched ‘Dublin’s Future’, with the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton (right) and colleagues Martin Hanratty, Tom Dunne and Lorcan Sirr who edited the book.

The seventeen contributors, all recognised authorities in their fields, cross sectors of age and gender, private and public, profit and non-profit, and each one has something interesting to say about the future of Dublin.  The book has contributions from four DIT staff members: Noel Brady and Patrick Daly (Architecture) and Conor Skehan (Spatial Planning) and Lorcan Sirr(Real Estate) as well as from Peter Sirr, James Pike, Dermot Lacey, Paul Donnelly, Seán MacErlaine, Sinéad Shannon, Helen Carey, Ciarán Fallon, Gillian O’Brien, Deirdre  Black, Katrina Goldstone, Ferdinand von Prondzynski and Gregory Bracken.

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Lorcan Sirr, editor of Dublin’s Future at the launch in the Society of Chartered Surveyors, with Dr. Mike Murphy, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering and Built Environment, DIT

The book is available from all good bookshops, or from The Liffey Press (www.theliffeypress.com) or on Amazon

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