As World Architecture Day is celebrated around the world critics in Ireland say planners, developers and architects are still not getting it right.

On Winetavern Street in Dublin Frank McDonald from The Irish Times describes the great architectural contrasts that exist in Dublin.

On the one side you have the great bunkers of the civic offices standing in front of Christ Church Cathedral. The other side of the street you have... this new development of offices. In a way this is an overreaction to what went before.

For Frank McDonald the blame lies with the planners, developers and architects.

Toal Ó Muiré of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland says that there have been many architectural failures over the last twenty years which came from a policy for the 1960s for large scale speculative development but there has been a move away from this more recently.

Noel Carroll of Dublin Corporation describes these criticisms as negative and discouraging for people to criticise what he describes as "very tasteful development".

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 1 July 1991. The reporter is Jim Finnerty.