Dublin's tallest building and the current headquarters of the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), Liberty Hall has a colourful past. The first building to be constructed on this site (not the one you see now, which was built in the 1960s following the demolition of the original) dated back to the beginning of the last century and played a dramatic part in many of the landmark events of Dublin's modern history.
At various times, Liberty Hall was used as the headquarters of Jim Larkin's Irish Transport and General Workers Union, the base of operations for James Connolly, a printing house for the Irish Worker and an arms and munitions production line for the 1916 Easter Rising. And at the time of writing, yet more changes were in store for this historic site: a third incarnation of Liberty Hall has been mooted (and will be designed by local architects Gilroy McMahon) but dates are fluid (planning permission, demolition of the current site and sundry other red tape could take years to complete). So, for the time being at least, the current building will remain untouched. The building itself is not open to visitors but the Liberty Hall Centre next door, which programmes a wide variety of musical and cultural events, is always worth a snoop around.