This is a report from the Irish Times last August
"A cable car service running along the River Liffey in Dublin called the "Suas", a 21-hectare extension to Dublin Port and the new Metro North rail line to Dublin airport and Swords, are among 53 projects seeking fast-track planning approval from An Bord Pleanála.
The Strategic Infrastructure Act, which came into force last January, directs that certain projects, particularly those relating to major transport, environment or energy schemes, be handled directly by An Bord Pleanála, rather than first having to be dealt with by local authorities.
The schemes seeking fast-track approval, include projects which have already received considerable national attention, such as the route of the Corrib onshore gas pipeline, Metro North, and the extension of the red Luas line from Tallaght to Citywest.
Others such as the "Suas" surfaced briefly as a concept some time ago and are just now emerging as a real prospect.
The Liffey Cable Car Company Ltd is seeking rapid approval for the Suas which would run along the side of the river Liffey from Heuston Station to Dublin Docklands.
Designed more as a tourist attraction than a transport service, the Suas, which is understood to have been inspired by the success of the London Eye, would transport sightseers along the Liffey quays, taking advantage of the removal of large lorries from the quayside."
While it's great that the planning process is being simplified, do we have any more faith in An Bord Pleanála than the local authorities? I mean, if eyesores like this are thought of as appropriate aren't we just in danger of unleashing another Sam Stephenson era, only this time on a much larger scale? I'm all for innovation in architechtural design, but the sight of this on Dublin's quays would horrify me.
Here's a pic: