The Dignity of Everyday Life, celebrating Michael Scott’s Busáras


Author: Eoin Ó Broin

Photographer: Mal McCann

Michael Scott’s Áras Mhic Dhiarmada and Busáras is one of the most important modernist buildings in Ireland. Built between 1947 and 1953, it was intended to be a bus station like no other, providing ordinary working people with a range of amenities including a roof- top restaurant, incredible views of Dublin, a créche, a 24 hour cinema, and a host of shops and services.

From it’s inception the project was gripped in controversy, over the location, design, function, and cost. In the end it became home to the Department of Social Protection and Bus Éireann’s provincial bus services. Despite receiving widespread acclaim for its architectural and design innovations, today it is a much maligned and misunderstood building.

In this exciting collaboration, writer Eoin Ó Broin and photographer Mal McCann explore the vision behind Áras Mhic Dhiarmada and Busáras, and celebrate the energy, creativity, and neglect of this incredible example of Irish modernist architecture and design.


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Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 24.8 cm

Published by: Merrion Press 2021

Format: Hardcover

Eoin Ó Broin is TD for Dublin Mid-West and Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Housing. He is a author of five books, including Home: Why Public Housing is the Answer (2019) and Defects: Living with the legacy of the Celtic Tiger (2021), both published by Merrion Press.

Mal McCann is from Belfast and he has been working as a photographer since 1994. He joined the Irish News in 2007 and has won a number of awards, including NI Press Photographer of the Year 2018.


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