Plans for a €12 million white-water rafting centre at George’s Dock have been deemed a ‘white elephant’ by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring.

Plans for converting the 19th Century dock into a rafting facility, complete with water polo pitch and emergency service training centre, were shot down by Cllr Ring at a council meeting last week.

Council management are expected to lodge a planning application for the site next month; however, Cllr Ring said that he couldn’t “honestly support” the plans at this stage.

In the meeting, he said: “What’s the genesis of this? Whose baby is this? Who has decided the north inner city needs white-water rafting? I can’t honestly support it at this stage. I think it could be a white elephant.”

Green Party councillor Ciaran Cuffe said that the project “came out of thin air” and that he has seen a number of proposals come and go for the area.

Cllr Cuffe said: “This is the first formal presentation I’ve seen [on the rafting centre] and I would be somewhat cautious.

“I am long enough in the tooth to see grandiose proposals come and go for George’s Dock. These proposals tend to come towards the end of an economic period when there’s money around.”

Cllr Cuffe encouraged refurbishing the dock as a swimming pool for locals, rather than plans for the white-water rafting which were drawn up by Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan and senior council management.