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Sunday 19 January 2020

Council's €1m bill to light up incinerator - and other sites

The Poolbeg waste-to-energy building was also selected
The Poolbeg waste-to-energy building was also selected

More than €1m has been spent by Dublin City Council (DCC) on the festive lighting project around the capital.

Iconic buildings have been illuminated throughout December with colourful lights and winter scenes as part of the Winter Lights initiative.

The project - which began last year - includes the GPO, Trinity College, City Hall and Christ Church among the 14 sites and cost €509,656, a council official told the Herald.

Equipment

The figure compares favourably with the €664,797 spent last year,with equipment costs responsible for last year's higher costs. The total cost for last year and this comes to €1.174m.

"Winter Lights has returned to illuminate the City Centre," DCC said.

"Christ Church Cathedral and Smithfield Square have been added and DCC would hope to expand the illuminations to additional locations for 2020."

The most expensive illumination was on O'Connell Street, coming in at €131,800, followed by the Custom House at €41,400 and the GPO at €32,545.

The Custom House will be the focus for the New Year's Eve celebrations - with a family-friendly countdown at 6pm followed by a concert at 8pm and the countdown with Liffey Lights Midnight Moment presenting Solar Symphony, a celestial display that will be video-mapped onto the walls and buildings.

This year the Millennium Bridge has been lit up with LED arches of several colours, costing €17,200.

Samuel Beckett Bridge was the most cost effective illumination - costing just €10,000.

Trinity College (pictured) and City Hall are among the landmarks lit up as part of the Winter Lights initiative
Trinity College (pictured) and City Hall are among the landmarks lit up as part of the Winter Lights initiative

One of the more curious buildings selected was the Covanta Waste To Energy building - or Ringsend incinerator - costing €27,370 to light up.

City Hall
City Hall

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