David McWilliams: Dublin’s too-high crane count is disturbing

A giddy herd mentality has taken hold of the the capital’s commercial property market

The crane index published last week is reminiscent of 2007. It reveals that there are 127 cranes in the Dublin skyline – a record figure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The crane index published last week is reminiscent of 2007. It reveals that there are 127 cranes in the Dublin skyline – a record figure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I am one of those odd creatures who likes to sit on a train in the opposite direction to which the train is travelling, preferring to see the world going by me, as opposed to coming towards me. You get to see more of the panorama of a train journey that way.

This week, as the train pulled out of Connolly for Belfast, I took in the capital’s inner city and the docks from my elevated position above the traffic. Scanning the city, framed by the Dublin mountains on the horizon, you see many cranes on the skyline.

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