Historian of Irish architecture and conservationist Maurice Craig believes policy makers are often not aware of the heritage of Dublin.

Belfast born Maurice Craig worked as Inspector of Ancient Monuments in England from 1952 to 1970 before returning to Ireland. 

You are the least controversial of men and one of our outstanding conservationists.

As a leading conservationist, it came as a shock when he was recently accused by a former planning spokesman of An Taisce of providing a demolition advisory service. 

Maurice Craig defends his reputation by stating that the question of conservation is always about where you draw the line between what you can save and what you must let go. 

The disagreement arose in relation to three buildings at 117 to 119 Baggot Street which have been allowed to decay. Maurice Craig says the decay does not justify their demolition but questioned who would be willing to invest the money required to restore these buildings to their original intended use. 

I would love to see people living in Lower Baggot Street but I happen to know that now practically nobody does for fiscal and financial and economic reasons.

Maurice Craig believes that the fundamental problem when it comes to conservation is the lack of any clear policy.

Too many of those in charge don't live in or anywhere near Dublin... They don't have the feeling for the city for urbanism.

This episode of 'Hanly's People' was broadcast on 4 February 1990. The presenter is David Hanly.

‘Hanly’s People’ was a weekly programme featuring a guest in conversation with presenter David Hanly in a living-room setting for half an hour.  Each guest was someone in the news, making the news, or behind the news. They were drawn from all spheres of public life, including politics and the arts. ‘Hanly’s People’ was first broadcast on 6 October 1986 and ended on 6 June 1991.