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July 2000

The Construction of Dublin

by Frank McDonald

(Paperback; 15.00 IEP / 21.50 USD)

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Frank McDonald has been Environment Correspondent of The Irish Times since 1986. Prior to that, he worked as a senior reporter for the newspaper, covering diverse stories ranging from the exploding of the Betelgeuse oil tanker in Bantry Bay to the civil war in Lebanon. In 1979, he won the Award for Outstanding Work in Irish Journalism for a series of articles entitled: 'Dublin - What Went Wrong?' which exposed the failures of planning in the city.

He is also the author of 'The Destruction of Dublin' (1985) and 'Saving the City' (1989), two books which dealt with Dublin's environmental crisis and helped change public policy on urban renewal. (Both books are currently Out of Print.) In 1988, he won a Lord Mayor's Millennium Medal for his work in highlighting the architecture of the city. He is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes and has given numerous illustrated lectures on environmental issues in Dublin and throughout Ireland.

This is a book about the future of Dublin at a very critical turning point in its history. In a sense, it is a sequel to the two books mentioned above. It was written in the midst of a maelstrom of activity generated by Ireland's booming economy and represents something of a snapshot of the city at a particular moment in time. Some of the cases it deals with were not fully resolved at the time of writing. In recounting the principal sagas, the book gives readers some idea of the forces that are shaping 21st century Dublin, for good or ill.

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