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Wash and brush-up for dirty Liffey walls

A MAJOR project to clean up the quay walls along the river Liffey is due to start in the coming weeks.

The project has been given the green light after months of campaigning by local councillors who want to see the stone walls restored to their former glory.

Supporters of the cleaning project say the walls of the Liffey are the 'unpolished jewel' in Dublin's crown.

The first stage of the work will involve removing the murky green and brown residue that has formed on the walls with a view to restoring the granite stone underneath.

Workers will spruce up the street facing the quay walls between Heuston Station and the Matt Talbot Bridge.

It is expected that the overall cost of the cleaning will be somewhere between €10,000 and €15,000 and could even prove to be a boost to tourism in the capital and may encourage visitors to walk along the river.

It is hoped the project can be extended to a much larger works project that would see all of the Liffey walls restored to their former glory.

The cleaning will be labour-intensive and may create some short-term work opportunities.

It will cause virtually no disruption to traffic as the work will be carried out after 8pm.


Dublin city councillor Paddy McCartan and John B Dillon, son of the late former Fine Gael leader James Dillon, are two supporters of the clean-up job.

"When people realise how dirty the walls are and see how well they could look, hopefully they will say, 'why don't we do it all?'," said Mr Dillon.

"It will bring a whole new dimension of light and urban style to this greatly underdeveloped feature of our city. Look at the Thames, the Seine, and the Tiber.

"The River Liffey should be a major visual element of the city centre.

"At the moment people see it as something dirty, smelly and generally uninteresting, but it could become a central feature."

City councillor Paddy McCartan also endorsed the project. "Anything that will highlight and brighten the cityscape can only be a good thing.

"If this initial stage is successful it could gain momentum."