New proposals for Temple Bar look to promote cultural events and change a reputation the area has got for drinking.

In 1991, Taoiseach Charles Haughey announced a series of tax incentives to revitalise the area known as Dublin's Left Bank. However, things did not quite go according to plan and proposals have been made to revitalise the area into a cultural quarter.

Temple Bar has become more renowned for drinking than for anything else.

Dermot McLaughlin of Temple Bar Properties outlines how they hope to start again with the area by encouraging pubs and hotels to promote cultural events. The plan also includes measures to deal with anti-social behaviour. There are also suggestions for a retractable roof over one of the squares as well as an observation balloon over the River Liffey. 

Seán Harrington of Howley Harrington Architects says that the plan is to improve the visitor numbers and footfall to the area.

Not everyone is happy with the plans. Mairéad Foley speaking on behalf of the Old City Traders says that Temple Bar Properties who have stood over the demise of Temple Bar should not be allowed to take charge of the future of the area. 

The problem facing Temple Bar Properties is that there is no funding available for any of their proposals. 

Without money, the plans remain purely aspirational.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 February 2004. The reporter is Orla O'Donnell.