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The Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street South: Along with other venues, its closure  was a canary in a mine alerting broader society to an amenities crisis as public space was eroded and overpoliced. Photograph:  Tom Honan

The Bernard Shaw on Richmond Street South: Along with other venues, its closure was a canary in a mine alerting broader society to an amenities crisis as public space was eroded and overpoliced. Photograph: Tom Honan

With the publication of the report of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce, Catherine Martin could become the first Minister who takes club culture in Ireland seriously.

She could begin the process of rejuvenating a sector that has been the victim of all of the elements that have caused a cultural collapse in the capital. Local government that often feels in opposition to those who live in the capital. The rental crisis stalling the lives of young people. The amenities crisis and corporate gentrification.

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