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The Master Plan is the statutory framework for articulating the Dublin Docklands Development Authority’s (‘the Authority’) policy in fulfilment of its remit as defined in the Dublin Docklands De- velopment Authority Act (1997).

The structure of the Dublin Docklands Master Plan 2008-2013, broadly reflects that of its pred- ecessor adopted in 2003. The Authority’s statutory remit requires that it constantly interrogates, monitors and appraises the assumptions and context underpinning all policies and objectives. This requires that it reflect new EU, national and regional policies, relevant policies of Dublin City Council and the substance of consultation from stakeholders, as well as research commissioned to evaluate past performance and frame future policies.

In setting out its vision and ambitions for the next five years and beyond, the publication of the Master Plan offers an opportunity to take into account the achievements and broader reflections on the efficacy of the Master Plan.

The Authority commits itself wholeheartedly to delivering on the objectives set out in this Master Plan. A reflection on the Authority’s achievements and strategic priorities (set out below) offers a context for a fuller reading of this document.


Since the 2003 Master Plan, the physical, economic and social transformation of the Docklands has continued, extending the city of Dublin eastwards and attracting major new businesses and thousands of new residents and visitors to the area. The past five years have seen significant achievements across all the strategic priorities that underpin the Docklands project:

Accelerating physical rollout of development

  • The skyline along the River Liffey has seen dramatic change, from the hugely successful IFSC, to Spencer Dock where the PricewaterhouseCoopers building is now complete and occupied, to the south side where a whole new cityscape has been created along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay

  • Since 1997, a total of 765,279m2 of commercial space has been permitted in Docklands (568,475 m2 under Section 25; 196,804m2 by Dublin City Council)

  • Significant amendments to the planning schemes for the Grand Canal Dock and the North Lotts areas were approved by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Govern- ment, clearing the way for the increase in the height of the U2 Tower and the WatchTower, as well as expansion of the O2 and development of the Point Village as a major retail centre

  • The purchase of the 10-hectare Irish Glass Bottle site in Poolbeg by Becbay Limited, a consorti- um including Bernard McNamara, Derek Quinlan and the Docklands Authority, was completed and approval granted to prepare a Planning Scheme for the Poolbeg Peninsula

  • The Luas Red Line extension from Connolly Station to the Point Village commenced at the end of 2007 and includes a new bridge designed by Future Systems across the Royal Canal at North Lotts

  • The new Docklands Station at Sheriff Street opened in 2007 just north of Spencer Dock. It is the first new city centre station since Tara Street in 1890 and has delivered improvements in frequency and capacity on the Maynooth-Dublin commuter line.



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