Sunday 18 March 2018

Waterways to a new future planned

Brian Hutton

HUNDREDS of thousands of euro will be poured into studies for projects like a floating swimming pool as the Government attempts to breathe life into two of the country's most prominent canals.

The costs are revealed in a master plan for Dublin's Royal and Grand canals commissioned by the cross-border body along with Dublin City Council, Dublin Docklands and Failte Ireland.

The study carried out by consultant firm Scott Wilson cost €40,000 -- with Waterways Ireland paying half and the other three agencies shelling out for the remainder.

Key schemes include:

  • Floating gardens on the Royal Canal near Sheriff Street and a public plaza and market area near Mountjoy prison;
  • A floating stage for concerts at Grand Canal dock with either a floating ice rink or swimming pool;
  • New berths for an Amsterdam-style houseboat community.

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