Dublin City councillors have given permission to construct a new €22m white water course in Dublin.
Representatives of Dublin City Council voted in favour last night on the proposed site at George's Dock on the North Quays, beside the IFSC. The motion passed by 37 votes to 19.
The €22m facility includes a simulated white water slalom course and flat pool that can be used for rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
It is intended to be a major tourist attraction, but will also be used as a water rescue training facility for Dublin Fire Brigade and visiting firefighters.
Sports and community clubs, including Canoeing Ireland, said the new facility would be welcomed.It would take about 18 months to build and take the now vacant space beside the Epic Emigration Museum.
The venue formerly housed a yearly Christmas market as well as the annual Oktoberfest which had taken place there for nine years before it was cancelled this year due to concerns over rising insurance costs.