More criticism for Dublin's white-water rafting centre after whopping €50 per person ticket prices emerge
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More criticism for Dublin's white-water rafting centre after whopping €50 per person ticket prices emerge

IT WILL set you back at least €50 each if you want to visit Dublin's new white-water rafting centre.

No wonder they were so keen to build it!

The new attracting will reportedly cost €23 million to build and now we've been given an insight into just how the council aim to make that money back.

Construction on the centre at George's Dock is expected to begin before the end of 2020, Dublin City Council have said.

On Thursday, they released their financial forecasts for the controversial new plan, and they say they expect to break even by the end of the centres's second year of operation.

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The Council also forecasts that by the end of the first 12 months, it will have made nearly €500,000, and by year five revenue is expected to hit €1.6 million.

The business report, put together by Peter Brett Associates on behalf of Dublin City Council, says that the centre will attract around 11,000 visitors in the first year, growing to more than 37,000 by year five.

However the proposal has seen stiff opposition from the public and there's already been plenty of criticism posted on social platforms, ridiculing the idea, with many asking for the money to be spent tackling the city's growing homelessness issue.

"Just in case anyone thinks the white water rafting thing is a cool idea, it’s going to cost at least €22 million to build. It would cost €30 million to put a stop to people sleeping rough on our streets," one user said.

While another added: "White water rafting in a city centre? White water rafting in a city with 3,000 children who have no home?"

Others took issue with the extortionate ticket prices, while some were angry that the centre's projected revenue was so low despite the extortionate cost of building it.

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"€50! To row in an artificial square surrounded by taxis and buses? It'll make for a very nice €30 million duck-pond because no one is going to pay for tickets at that price!" Said one twitter user.

"The fact that it's only making €500k in its first year is a joke. What a total waste of money," said another.

Anthony Flynn, the director of Inner City Helping Homeless, said: "When this was first proposed to us, the council had estimated that it would cost €12m," he said.

"Now it has risen to an astronomical €22m and who is to say that it won't increase further?

"The council also wants this to be built in 18 months but we can't even build houses that fast.”