Islandbridge, River Liffey Pontoon - Dublin 8

Closed 20 Dec 2023

Opened 9 Nov 2023


Dublin City Council CRES Department/Sport Section have developed proposals for Part 8 approval for the construction of a pontoon on the second island east to the weir at Islandbridge.

 Dublin City Council has a remit for providing sport and recreational opportunities and facilities within the City of Dublin. The construction of a pontoon off the weir at Islandbridge will allow for greater and safer access for the rowing clubs in the area. With 7 clubs at full capacity utilising the 1800m stretch of river the construction of the pontoon will help to relieve the pressure on the river by allowing for the larger boats to access the eastern section of river. This will free up more space in the current section for children, OAPs and beginners.

 Rowing on the River Liffey is tidal and therefore the pontoon will also allow for rowers who are based on the eastern stretch of the river access the western section of river for a long period of time. At present the window of opportunity for rowing in the eastern section is a maximum of 90 minutes. The pontoon will crease this by 170% (approx.) to 4 hours per day.

Currently access to the eastern section poses a health and safety concern with regards to how the rowers launch their boats from the island. The construction of the pontoon with allow for the rowers to gain access in a safer and more secure environment.

 This project will also support partnerships with the local rowing clubs. DCC currently own and operate the Municipal Rowing Centre which is one of the 7 clubs mentioned above. The project also serves to deliver improved opportunities to citizens whilst promoting health and wellbeing opportunities.

Plans and Particulars of the proposed development may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy for a period of 4 weeks from 09/11/2023, during public opening hours at the offices of Dublin City Council, Public Counter, Planning and Property Development Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Monday - Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.


What happens next

We will review all comments and observations once the public consultation is closed.  


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