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Demolition engineers were left red-faced after a 1960s multistorey block in Dublin proved more resilient than expected. After two months of preparations and two blasts by Leeds firm Controlled Demolition Group, the building defiantly remained standing, adopting a nonchalant Tower-of-Pisa-esque lean. 'We wanted to knock the two gable walls at the side, and then let gravity do the rest, ' said a CDG spokeswoman. 'However the gables proved stronger than the calculations had predicted.'

The building's lift shaft also contributed to the structure's unwanted stability. A hospital next door prevented use of more explosives.

Large crowds gathered after the debacle, but CDG pride was restored at 10pm when the building finally succumbed to a ball and chain.

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