Recommendations for the preservation of Dublin architecture seen as obstacles to progress and property development.

A report by An Taisce (The National Trust for Ireland) lists 100 buildings of merit in Dublin city centre which it wants to be preserved. This picture of Dublin’s built heritage stands against the tide of what developers call progress.

Saint Stephen's Green, already disfigured, is in danger again.

Old buildings are disappearing in the city at an alarming rate, and it would seem that the policy of both Dublin Corporation and the government is to do nothing.

In the same week that the report was published, three Georgian buildings on Saint Stephen’s Green were demolished. Neighbouring Hume Street and Ely Place may be next.

Dublin, as we know it, could disappear almost overnight as those three buildings in Stephen's Green have just done unless of course the Corporation, or the government acts.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 5 December 1967. The reporter is Cathal O’Shannon.

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971. 'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on 11 June 1971.