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College of Science/Taoiseach's Office Inscription

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    Registered Users Posts: 243 ✭✭ kildarejohn


    The former College of Science building in Merrion Sq, Dublin was converted to the Dept of Taoiseach c. 1990. In old pictures of the building, and in some modern photos, an inscription is visible below the pediment which reads (approx.) "inceptum Edwardi VII ... Georgi V perfectum" which roughly translates - "begun in reign of Edward VII, completed in reign of George V".
    However in most modern photos this inscription is not visible. The building frequently appears in RTE news reports, but the inscription is never visible.

    Does anyone know has the inscription been physically removed on the building? - or has it deliberately been edited out of official photos? (perhaps because some might feel such a reminder of British rule is inappropriate on Ireland's seat of government)


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    The inscription is still physically present on the building and there's no way it would be edited out of photos. It's placed just under the pediment but behind the tops of the columns so I'd say it's obscured by shade during the day and by the lighting around the pillars at night. It's definitely there though.


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    Meathlass wrote: »
    The inscription is still physically present on the building and there's no way it would be edited out of photos. It's placed just under the pediment but behind the tops of the columns so I'd say it's obscured by shade during the day and by the lighting around the pillars at night. It's definitely there though.
    Good to hear inscription is still there. This is one photo with inscription missing-
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cb/Government_Buildings%2C_Dublin.jpg
    While photo is well lit and clear, it looked as if inscription deliberately blurred.


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    I can clearly see it in that photo on either side of the pillars; I can make out the individual letters. It's a little hazier alright behind the pillars but I would put that down to shade (the back of the building is recessed in about 1.5m from the pillars). If you were going to deliberately blur the inscription I don't think you'd bother leaving it so clearly visible to the side.


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