In June 2007, Neil was invited to speak at The Dubliner’s week of debates on the present and future of Dublin. These debates are an annual event: the title for 2007 was Old City, New Dreams. The event took place at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum - and the motion, ‘That Dublin’s Best Days Are Over’, was suitably controvertial. Neil was part of a varied panel that included writer and artist Gerard Mannix Flynn, Senator David Norris and academic and politician Ivana Bacik. The panel was lively, the auditorium full and the free cocktails afterwards were most welcome – and while we reached no conclusions (did we expect to?), the evening raised all manner of useful and pertinent ideas on the future of the city. Many thanks to Trevor White and Paul Trainer at The Dubliner for their gracious invitation.