Dublin City Council has opened a new public light bar and is aiming to make it a staple in the city centre.
The new bar will be located at the corner of Temple Street and the Northbridge Road, next to the newly-built City Hall.
It will be a new addition to the existing City Hall, which has been open for just over a year.
“The new public bar will provide an alternative to the traditional light bar which currently serves the City Council as an entertainment venue,” said Deputy Mayor John Flanagan.
“Our aim is to create a new environment that is as engaging as possible for all of our residents, regardless of age, gender or socio-economic status.”
The new light bar will have the same layout as the existing bar and will offer a range of light refreshments.
“We will also be using innovative lighting to create an immersive experience for visitors,” said Councillor Flanagan, adding that the bar will also feature a new logo and a new entrance sign.
The lighting will be controlled using a system that will allow the lighting to be controlled remotely.
It is hoped the bar can help improve public transport in the area.
“With this light bar, it will be possible for us to control the lighting from outside,” said Mr Flanagan in a statement.
“A light bar is a way of reducing noise and noise pollution, which is a key factor in our public health,” he said.
“It will also offer an alternative for the many families living in the vicinity of the City Hall.”
Public transport has been a contentious issue for the City of Dublin for years.
The public transport system has faced criticism from some of the local councillors who have questioned the need for the new public space.
“There are a lot of people in this city who will have to drive to get to work or school or other activities,” said former Mayor and current Fine Gael TD for Dublin South and Central, Fintan O’Toole.
“People will have a harder time getting home after work.”
Public Transport Authority spokesperson, Richard Doyle, said the new light was designed to meet the needs of the community.
“This light bar provides an opportunity for people to get back to the city after a long day at work,” he explained.
“Many of the staff who use the public transport are also using public transport and the lighting on the new bar helps them to do so.”
Public spaces were also a major part of the planning for the opening of the new lighting bar, which will include a bar and a cafe.
“When it opened, we also had the option of adding a cafe, a pub or even a cafe and bar,” Mr Doyle said.
He said the lighting was designed for a community that has to work hard to survive.
“You can’t go out and have a party in the evening if you don’t have a good public transport connection,” he added.
Mr Doyle said the bar’s use of light would help to address the issues of noise pollution and traffic.
“I think there will be many families that will be able to benefit from the lighting because the lights will give them an alternative and they can go out on the street and look around, and have fun and enjoy their time,” he continued.
“These are not just benefits for the people living in our city but also for the residents of our city.”