Dublin remains one of Europe's most attractive capitals and the proposed new College Green plaza, which will be capable of staging public events for up to 15,000 people, should further enhance its appeal.
The local government elections in Britain this week have taken on a particular significance in terms of providing an indication of voting intentions ahead of the Westminster poll in just over a month's time.
There is a danger that the measures which have been introduced to prevent anti-social and criminal behaviour in the vicinity of Yorkgate railway station in Belfast will simply move the problems elsewhere.
Theresa May is rapidly finding out that it is not Britain that will dictate the terms of its divorce from Europe but the remaining members of the EU who are displaying a much tougher approach than she perhaps anticipated.
There was considerable concern just over a month ago when stolen cars struck perimeter fences at two nearby primary schools in west Belfast during early morning crashes in the space of a matter of hours.
Secretary of state James Brokenshire will not be especially displeased by the outcry that greeted the likely budget he will impose if the parties fail to reach agreement on restoring the devolved institutions.