The plan for a new children’s hospital was rejected partly to preserve Dublin’s appearance, but are we being too precious about our rooftops, asks GEMMA TIPTON. IN THE DEPTHS of the last recession, before the advent of cheap flights, the only affordable way to get home from London was by boat. My strongest homecoming memory is of standing on the deck of the St Columba ferry, waiting for a glimpse of Ireland. Through the morning mists, the first things you could make out were the churches. Spires and steeples defined the skyline. Making the same trip two decades later, it was remarkable how much had changed. No longer was the view from Dún Laoghaire to Dublin Port punctuated by ecclesiastical architecture – instead, rising above all else, were the cranes.
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