The battle for Temple Bar

Acrimony and hostility are filling the air in Dublin 2 as a row between commercial and cultural interests gathers pace, writes Fearghal O'Connor.

18th May, 2013
Dermot McLaughlin, head of Temple Bar Cultural Trust: many in the cultural community see the trust as a bulwark against a commercial free-for-all. Photo: Tony O'Shea

A bitter boardroom battle for control of Temple Bar's cultural agenda and lucrative rent rolls has threatened to generate as much noise as the raucous stag parties for which the area was once renowned.

For some, the winding-up of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) and suspension of its chief executive Dermot McLaughlin is seen as a "political power play" for control of the quarter. For others, it is considered a necessary rationalisation of public...

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