Over a decade after the Wood Quay controversy, the site and the civic offices that now stand there, are back on the public agenda. Dublin City Council is holding an architectural competition to complete the construction work at Wood Quay.

Original plans at Wood Quay were for four office blocks. However, only two of the Sam Stephenson designs were completed. Dublin City Council is now opening a competition for designs to complete construction on the site.

Sean Whelan spoke to councillors about "Wood Quay Part 2". News of the competition was met with general hostility by Dublin city councillors. The controversy of the late 1970's and early 1980's was a political nightmare and not something that any councillor wanted to experience again.

Dublin City Council has decided to hold an architectural competition for a scheme to complete the building work at the site on Wood Quay. The Dublin civic offices known to their critics as "the bunkers".

Fianna Fáil councillor Tom Stafford, recalls the protest marches in the city prior to the building of the civic offices and argues that nothing should be built on the remaining part of the Wood Quay site.

Labour Councillor Ruairi Quinn, says that the councillors have not seen the details of the proposed competition but points out that the planning committee will receive a full report on the matter within a fortnight. 

Fine Gael Councillor Mary Flaherty, hopes that the competition will result in something which would cloak the present "ugly" buildings. Mary was prompted to enter politics over the original Wood Quay controversy and was never in favour of the civic offices being built at Wood Quay. Now, however, she wants to make the best of a bad thing.

Following an international competition architectural firm Scott Tallon Walker went on to win the competition to complete the next phase of the civic offices at Wood Quay.