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An artist’s impression of the pool and its placement

An artist’s impression of the pool and its placement

An artist’s impression of the pool

An artist’s impression of the pool

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An artist’s impression of the pool and its placement

Dublin City Council is planning to develop an open air public swimming pool as a companion project to its controversial €22m white-water rafting facility in the Docklands area.

A site on Custom House Quay has been earmarked for the proposed 50-metre heated outdoor pool, which it is estimated could cost €15m.

The council claims the Sea Pool project will help to create a new visitor destination in the Docklands, with other attractions including the Jeanie Johnston famine ship, the EPIC diaspora museum and the white-water centre.

"The combination of these amenities will attract families from Dublin and from other parts of Ireland and will give our overseas visitors a new and very healthy option to enjoy their stay in our capital city," the council said.

A feasibility study established that a site on the northern bank of the River Liffey close to the Seán O'Casey footbridge was the best location for the proposed swimming pool.

Other locations considered but discounted were Spencer Dock, Grand Canal Dock and a section of the quays near the 3 Arena.

The plans envisage the pool will be two metres deep, but with an adjustable section to reduce the depth for a children's area.

The pool would contain fresh water heated to 26C.

The council's docklands area manager, Derek Kelly, said the local authority had originally considered incorporating an open air public swimming pool as part of its plans for the white-water rafting facility at George's Dock but had ruled that is was not possible to locate it within the same site. The white-water rafting project, which is located adjacent to the IFSC, has generated considerable controversy over its high cost at a time of pressure on the council's finances and the city's housing and homelessness crisis.

Irish Independent