In Dublin councillors and engineers differ on how to deal with Anna Livia's least favourable characteristic.

The section of the river Liffey in Dublin city centre is notorious for the stench emanating from it, particularly at low tide when the riverbed is exposed.

Councillor Ray Fay had proposed the building of a barrage across the mouth of the river, at a location east of the Custom House. A series of gates or sluices on such a structure would keep the water level constant, and the bed of the Liffey submerged at all times.

Dublin Corporation engineers have rejected the idea, claiming that such a structure would cause flooding along the quays and adjoining side streets.

In addition, a permanently raised high water mark could adversely affect Dublin's drainage and sewage system, with very unpleasant results,

Certainly it would appear unexpectedly in very many basements in the centre city area.

Dublin city councillors are determined to see this project through and have engaged a team from the ESB to survey the Liffey bed as part of a feasibility study.

There have been suggestions from some parts that a new bridge to ease Dublin's traffic congestion should be constructed in the same location as the proposed barrage.

Ray Fay is not in favour of this, as he says construction works would cause havoc with the city's traffic,

We all know what that's like, anyone who uses the streets of Dublin.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 June 1975. The reporter is Reg Cullen.