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Dublin turns its back on a native son and a chance of prosperity

A month or two ago I was invited to give an opinion on Dublin's Canary Wharf, the monster 21ha development site called Spencer Dock located on the north bank of the Liffey, where it widens out to meet Dublin Harbour. At present, Spencer Dock is no more than a miserable industrial wasteland of disused shunting yards and derelict buildings - much like the backlands of Kings Cross and about the same size. Up to a fortnight ago, it looked as though it might be a candidate for a glit-tering ...

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