This stream of consciousness is partly inspired by the recent IT article of the same theme, and also various P.ie threads.
Basicallly, I propose the following in order to improve the tourism potential, cultural something (I understand this sh1te is popular with some people, so I have included it) and general standard of consumption of DCC. They are:
1: Drive the junkies and criminals off the boardwalks of the Liffey and O'Connell street. Its beyond laughable that our main street is thronged with these individuals littering the place. This proposal involves two strands:
a: Relentless policing of the boardwalks to remove those drinking there. Relentless policing targeting low level street drug dealing.
b: The movement of treatment centres from the city centre to appropriate areas outside the centre.
Of course, there is a far more macro issue around treatment, rehabilitation, prosecution and legalisation of drugs and other addictions, however I did say 'modest'. The above language may be a it strident/Daily Mail type stuff, but I am merely advocating a targeting of criminal behaviour (drinking and drug dealing) and also more appropriate treatment (move the centres). I don't want them thrown in the Liffey or anything.
2: Bank of Ireland should be asked to hand back College Green to the state, and the state would institute some form of cultural stuff there - maybe a library, maybe a gallery, maybe a theatre, maybe an orchestra, or a combo of the lot. It could be somewhere, for instance, artists could seek to monetise their talent (a gallery you can buy their works, etc) which would be a boost for the arts.
3: The GPO should be converted to a museum of 1916/Irish history (1798, Fenian uprising, etc). Could there be a more apt place?
Both 1,2, and 3 would substantially increase the tourism potential of the City, improve it culturally, and make it a nicer place to visit.
We could essentially have a 'centre of excellence which would incorporate Trinity and the book of Kells, the College Green cultural offering, the GPO museum, and the spire, all along a clean, tidy and safe street, all in walking distance for a tourist.
You can then separately take in Kilmamham gaol, the Store House, and have the craic in Temple Bar, which I think would prove to be a compelling tourist offering/package for Dublin.