Professor F.X. Martin now faces a potential bill of in excess of a quarter of a million pounds.
The price of protest falls on him as a citizen despite the 200,000 signatures, 20,000 protesters and international condemnation of the destruction of the Viking settlement at Wood Quay.
A bid by Dublin Corporation at the Supreme Court to have the Attorney General made liable for the corporation's losses on the delay in building its offices at Wood Quay failed. This now means that Dublin Corporation costs may fall on the historian who has been trying to save the medieval site.
Professor F.X. Martin talks about the case and the bill of over a quarter of a million pounds to Sean O'Rourke. Professor Martin says that he took the case as a citizen but he took it on behalf of a public cause. He believes that people should take a stand regardless if there's no money behind them.