A 250 year old Georgian building on Parnell Square condemned by Dublin Corporation received a last minute reprieve from demolition after its condition was reassessed by engineers.

For the past 12 years the ground floor of number 16 Parnell Square has been home to the Garden Bistro whose owner, Ann Walsh is refusing to leave the so-called dangerous building.  Ann has been sleeping at the premises and a stand-off between her and the workmen waiting to demolish the building has ensued.

At the eleventh hour, Dublin Corporation sent in engineers to see if building could be saved and their findings ensured Ann’s business received a stay of execution.

They came back to me this evening saying that the front of the building...will not need to be demolished and I’m absolutely thrilled.

Ann's protest has highlighted the plight facing listed buildings in Dublin. Labour Party TD Joe Costello is concerned there are no statutory provisions to protect them. Ciarán Cuffe of the Green Party is fearful that

We are going back to the approach of the 1960s of knocking down Georgian buildings in the heart of Dublin. I would have thought that things had moved on and that there was a movement in favour of the preservation our built heritage.

An RTÉ News report by Carole Coleman broadcast on 18 October 1996.