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Monday 11 December 2017

'No decision on plans to move Central Bank's golden ball'

A skateboarder skates past the bronze sculpture 'Crann an Oir' outside the Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
A skateboarder skates past the bronze sculpture 'Crann an Oir' outside the Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

THE Central Bank has dismissed suggestions that it will cost half-a-million euro to move an iconic statue to its new headquarters.

Senior bank officials said no decision had even been taken on moving the 'golden ball' work of art from the plaza at Dame Street to its new €140m headquarters at North Wall Quay.

The Crann an Oir (tree of gold) may be staying where it is when the current headquarters is sold, said a senior Central Bank figure.

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Reports yesterday suggested that a decision had already been taken to move the statue, which also acts as the bank's official logo.

"No final decision has been made on the matter," said a Central Bank spokeswoman.

"Decisions in relation to Crann an Oir are part of the bank's wider considerations in relation to the move.

"A range of options are being considered."

It's understood those options include a new art work at the new headquarters, leaving the artwork by celebrated Derry sculptor Eamonn O'Doherty in place.

O'Doherty, who died in Dublin in 2011, was commissioned to make the tree of gold statue after a nationwide competition in 1991.

"The plaza outside the current headquarters is private property and not a public place," said another senior Central Bank official.

"The idea that half-a-million euro would be spent moving it is ridiculous," the official added.

Another official said the statue may well stay where it is.

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