Baffled

According to a story in the dead-tree version of today’s Sunday Business Post [and regarded as Premium Content, and thus gated, in the online version],

A €22 million bridge is needed to allow for the construction of 2000 homes on the derelict Irish Glass Bottle site [in Ringsend, Dublin]. […] The necessary bridge over the River Dodder needed to make the site viable will have a lifting mechanism to enable ship traffic into the Grand Canal basin and the Liffey.

The Department of the Environment etc thinks €22 million is too much and would make the houses too dear; Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD thinks the state should pay for it, presumably to facilitate all the motorists who might want to live on the site.

The site is here. There’s an aerial photo here. Here’s the Google version.

I can’t see why a lifting bridge over the Dodder is needed, unless the plan is to run traffic along a new route from Britain Quay to York Road, which would simply jam up the city centre. Can anyone explain what this is about?

2 responses to “Baffled

  1. andrew.irishrail@btopenworld.com

    Brian. It is interesting to see where the factory site was, but i am equally baffled, because in the period 1940s to late 1970s the Irish Glass Bottle Co had a wharf on the Grand Canal Dock, right opposite the Dublin Gas Works, i always thought the factory was alongside the wharf, they unloaded silca sand at the wharf, but by the looks of it, the factory was further over towards the Pigeon House. If this really was so, then the sand would have had to go to the plant by road, from the wharf. Irish Glass was one of the very few firms to have used a diesel rail crane with a grab to unload the sand, which in photos i hold was taken of the ship and fed to a hopper feeding a conveyor belt, perhaps they conveyor then fed the plant some one 1/2 mile away, i am unsure on that point given what you show. Regards. Andrew.

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  2. IGB may have moved; See if you can read this page (which doesn’t work in my browser). bjg

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