News »

Public information days continue on €6 million Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Project

‌‌Due to the disruption caused by Storm Emma and the closure of civic offices, Cork City Council is extending the period that the Morrison’s Island proposals will be on display and also the date for final submissions and observations by members of the public. The new deadline is before 4pm on Thursday April 12 2018.

Cork City Council is holding another public information day on Friday March 9  which members of the public  can attend and discuss the Morrison's Island proposals with representatives of both the city council and the landscape architects.

The open event is taking place at  Milennium Hall, Cork City Hall ( access from Eglington Street entrance) from 3-7pm.

Morrisons Island PhotoMorrisons IslandMorrisons Island Photo

Cork City Council is seeking Part 8 planning permission for a €6 million Morrison’s Island Public Realm and Flood Defence Project where the flood defences required in Cork City blend seamlessly into an enhanced public space.

Morrisons Island

The proposed scheme includes a high quality south facing upgraded streetscape, remedial/strengthening works to the existing quay walls and the construction of integrated flood defence works. 

These improvements will be delivered along Morrison’s and Fr. Mathew Quays between Parliament Bridge and Parnell Bridge as well as a short section of works at Union Quay close to Trinity footbridge‌

These quays are the lowest lying in the city centre and are a source of regular tidal flooding. Flood defences are therefore a priority for this area. The proposed scheme will deliver a high quality public amenity space which also delivers the required standard of flood protection.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “The proposals for Morrison’s Island represent an unmissable opportunity to bring about comprehensive regeneration of this historic area and to re-orientate this part of the city towards the river”.

Widespread public consultation has been taking place  around the project with briefings  being made to city councillors, business associations, local business, residents, community and voluntary groups and the wider public.

A display of the project, including a replica of the flood defences, is also to be exhibited at the Foyer at Cork Civic Offices from Monday, February 12.

The proposed works comprise of:

Provision of an integrated public realm and flood defence project where flood defences blend seamlessly into the enhanced public spaceEnhancement of the sense of distinctiveness of Morrison’s Island, respecting and celebrating the rich heritage and history of the area.

  • Construction of 3m wide riverside promenade
  • Refurbishment of the existing quay walls to ensure their long term integrity into the futureImprovements to the entrances to Trinity Footbridge to make it a focal point
  • Construction of new high quality footpaths, seating areas, and new plaza area at Parnell Bridge and Trinity Bridge, as well as improved public realm space at Holy Trinity Church
  • Raising of ground levels in order to minimise the visual impacts of the flood defence parapet relative to new ground level (defence wall of no more than 600mm, with a railing on top)
  • Provision of flood protection against tidal flooding to the required 1 in 200 year standard including an appropriate freeboard
  • Rationalisation of traffic movement and parking provision, facilitating significant improvements for pedestrians/cyclists, and provision of cycle parking
  • All associated site development works

Morrisons Island 2

Particulars of the proposal will be available for inspection at:

The Atrium, Cork City Council, from Monday  February 12  until Monday March 26  2018 between 9:00 – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Online at

Submissions and observations dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development is situated, may be made:

  • in writing in envelope clearly marked “Morrison’s Island Project” to the Environment & Recreation Directorate, City Hall, Cork
  • electronically through
  • by email to

 before  4pm on Thursday April 12 2018.


Back to list