No grant or funding application has yet been made for Dublin's new €80m library on Parnell Square, a meeting of the City Council has been told.

However Chief Executive Owen Keegan said that a project manager has been appointed and commenced work last month.

Speaking during a debate on the capital spending, Mr Keegan said €55.4m had been provided in the capital budget between 2021 and 2023 towards the €80m cost of the library.

However no loan approval has been sought or grant aid approved for this.

A previous plan to develop a cultural quarter on Parnell Street had to be scaled back because of escalating costs and the failure to obtain philanthropic funding.

The redevelopment of Dalymount Park into a 6,000-seater stadium has also been earmarked funding with over €12m provided for up to 2023 against a total cost of €35.6m.

The project, which was first announced five years ago, has received a provisional allocation of just under €1m from the Large Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund towards design and planning.

The new stadium will be home to both Bohemians and Shelbourne clubs and is to be financed from the sale of Shelbourne's ground at Tolka Park.

A number of councillors criticised the continued inclusion of the white-water rafting project in the capital plan with the cost currently estimated at nearly €22m.

It was claimed that the money would be better spent on swimming pools as the Marian College facility is closing and other pools such as Crumlin are in need of upgrading.

However Assistant Chief Executive Richard Shakespeare said it was a very "monochromatic view" to see things in terms of projects competing against each other.

He said that grants from the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund were awaited and it was hoped that the city council would have a "good news story" from that.

Mr Shakespeare said councillors would have an opportunity to vote again on the white-water rafting centre once the tendering process provides a clear estimate of cost.

Assistant Chief Executive Eileen Quinlivan confirmed that €750,000 is to be spent on fixing "leaks" in the Civic Offices explaining that the extensive glazing is 30 years old and showing sign of failure.

She also confirmed that nearly €1.7m is to be spend on reconfiguring the atrium area of the offices to facilitate better public access.

Another €400,000 is to be spent on replacing the aviation light on the spire on O'Connell Street.