Will it work?

Ex­pert eval­u­a­tion

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - NEWS REVIEW -

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.

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