Will it work?
Frances Ruane, former ESRI director
Historically the city has been weak on the provision of public spaces and promoting community engagement – instead we have had an excessive focus on capital solutions. This role could be within Dublin City Council and, if properly structured, could contribute significantly at low cost as long as it has the support of the senior management and the council.
Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland
Direct costs would not be high and could simply start with the salary costs and resourcing of an office. The benefit of this capital idea could also outweigh the cost as the utilisation of public spaces is improved along with strengthened community engagement.
Having a dedicated person is a good idea as they can gather data on the needs and potential while at the same time developing a revenue stream.
Cliff Taylor, economics columnist
While I’m uniquely unqualified to talk about cutting-edge nightlife, I like this idea. It’s simple and could bring new tourism and help to attract and keep young professionals needed by the city’s businesses.
Some Baltic cities have invested here and reaped dividends, moving away from the old stag-party model. There are more important things than nightlife, of course, but this could be easily done, even as a trial initially.