The Mafia that operate in, and control Cork (aided and abetted by CCC) will never allow this Heritage protected site to be regenerated.
It would be of much more value to some to continue to allow these buildings to degenerate to the point of collapse.
The Mafia would not even allow the MV Cill Airne (berthed on CHQ) to be transformed into a floating pub in Cork.
God forbid that the great unwashed would be encouraged to visit Custom House Quay to witness the years of criminal neglect that was allowed by CCC?
Sunday Business Post 2005
A training ship is set to be transformed into a cafe bar and wedding venue in Dublin by a group of publicans and shipwrights.
Dublin businessmen Larry Crowe, Brian Flannery and Robin Payne, who own the Cornerstone pub on Wexford Street and Nancy Hands on Parkgate Street, bought the MV Cill Airne last week for â‚¬40,000 from the Cork Institute of Technology.
The men - who also own hotels on Camden Street and have a share in Eamonn O'Reilly's restaurants, One Pico and Bleu Bistro Moderne - bought the boat with the Irish Ship and Barge Fabrication Company (ISBFC).
They are investing â‚¬2.5 million to transform the boat into a floating restaurant, bar, art gallery and maritime museum berthed opposite Spencer Dock. It will also be available for charter to visit ocean liners and hold wedding receptions in Dublin Bay between the North Wall and Dun Laoghaire.
Sam Corbett, who operates The Riasc, the charter party barge based on the Grand Canal in Dublin, set up the ISBFC specifically to renovate the MV Cill Airne.
â€œThe Cill Airne is returning home to Dublin because she was assembled at the Liffey Dockyards in 1961 and is of real historical significance as the last remaining Irish-built ship,â€ said Corbett. The boat was built to transport up to 1,500 people, but modern regulations mean the Department of the Marine is only expected to grant a licence for 180 passengers.
It is thought that O'Reilly may manage the restaurant on the boat. Corbett said organisations such as Dublin Port and Waterways Ireland were traditionally wary of floating businesses, but that attitudes had changed.
â€œThe Cill Airne will change preconceptions about floating restaurants in the capital and we hope to be the first of many such enterprises,â€ he said.
â€œThere's a wealth of opportunities on Dublin's waterways.
â€œEvery other major European city uses its marine property. Places like Stockholm have loads of floating attractions which seem to do well.â€