The countdown to the end of the century has begun with the placing of a millennium clock in the River Liffey.

Built at a cost of £250,000 the countdown millennium timepiece must count as 

One of the most expensive clocks in the history of time

Twelve metres long the clock floats on the western side of Dublin's O'Connell Bridge and will countdown the 120 million seconds until the end of the century. Preparations are under way for the clock to be switched on with a spectacular fireworks display. 

Ray Bates of the National Lottery, sponsors of the project, speaks to RTÉ News about the project and other funding that has been provided by the National Lottery. 

Doing something like this is giving something back to the city

Reporter Paschal Sheehy also talks to Dubliners who give mixed reviews on the new Dublin watermark. One man says,

You had the tart with the cart, the floozie in the jacuzzi, and now we have the time in the slime.

An RTÉ News report by Paschal Sheehy broadcast on 15 March 1996.