Peter FitzPatrick wrote:
So this rears its head again. It seems the DDDA are totally hung up on breaking the line of the liffey one way or another whether it be gormely's sculpture, custom house proposal or this yoke. I've no issue with the canal idea but why the need to breach the quay wall & indeed their own campshires project ??
Until last night, I was pretty sure that this proposal was just a bit of kite flying by DDDA to show us how mad and exciting they are, but this scheme was in Dick Gleeson's presentation at Bolton Street and there was nothing to indicate that DCC might have any issues with it.
If DDDA and DCC are in this together, and if it's not tecnically 'high rise', they can pretty much grant themselves planning permission for this, with just Bord Pleanala between us and an urban jelly mould.
I remember being told a story,I don't know if it true or not, that around 1990 a bunch or chancers bought up leaseholds on the old transit sheds on the North Wall campshire and put together a proposal for an apartment sheme on the site with some kind of pontoon boardwalk out on the river. As I heard it, they got as far as a pre-planning meeting, which was attended by a senior planner, who is now a very senior planner.
The chancers were duly sent packing, but not because their scheme was daft, or it had a four storey vehicular ramp behind it, they were sent packing because 'the Duke of Ormonde had set in train a process, in the 17th century, of building formal quays, and thereby, single handedly, he turned the city around to face the river across generous public streets, and no bunch of chancers were going to come along now and interfere with that great vision'
, or words to that effect.
I can't say for sure if this ever happened, and I haven't seen any of the chancers around in a while, but this is the drawing they went in with.