Dublin white-water rafting facility refused Government funding

The Government has refused to fund a controversial €25 million white-water rafting facility in Dublin.

Dublin City Council sought €19 million for the project from the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

However, the Housing Minister has confirmed the Government has refused to fund the proposed development on Geroge’s Dock.

Responding to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond, Minister Darragh O’Brien said: “While significant URDF funding was provisionally approved for a number of elements of the wider proposal the White Water Rafting element was not successful in securing URDF support.

“Any plans for the further advancement of this or any other proposed development for George’s Dock is a matter for Dublin City Council.”

The news comes despite the council earlier this year inviting expressions of interest to build the facility.

Dublin City Council has previously said it would expect the facility to attract 30,000 people a year.

However, the cost of the plan has received widespread criticism – with Senator Michael McDowell describing it as a ‘vanity-driven project’.

The project has the support of DCC chief Owen Keegan, who has said the project “will be ready and waiting at the appropriate time to be implemented”.

Main image: Artist’s impression of white-water rafting facility. Image: DCC