A protest was held this evening over plans to demolish a swimming pool and apartment block in Dublin city centre to make way for the MetroLink rail line.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) plans to acquire the 70 unit College Gate complex as well as the Markievicz Swimming Pool and Leisure to build an underground station at Townsend Street in the south of the city.

It would be one of 25 stops on the rail line linking Swords to the north side, to Dublin Airport, the city centre and Sandyford on the south side of the city.

A plan for an underground station at the grounds of Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin, and for an interchange with the Dart service in Ranelagh that would involve road closures, have also caused controversy. 

In all, the plan received over 7,000 submissions during public consultation and TII along with the National Transport Authority will draw up a preferred route in the New Year.

This plan will then go for statutory public consultation before an application for a Railway Order is made to An Bord Pleanála.