bord pleanIn a statement this afternoon, People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett announced he will be giving one of the opening presentations at the An Bord Pleanala oral hearings into the planning application of the proposed €18m cruise-berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The hearings are being held in accordance with section 134 (I) of the Planning & Development Act 2000, in respect of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’ s planning application for the cruise-berth facility-  a proposed 435m long single cruise-berth jetty, associated structures and dredging of the channel off St. Michaels Wharf and a 500m turning circle outside the harbour entrance.

Richard Boyd Barrett has spearheaded a major campaign that has seen mass public meetings and protests in Dun Laoghaire over recent months. The whole of Dun Laoghaire is exercised about the issue with over 130 submissions against the Harbour Company’s plans being received by An Bord Pleanala.

As Chair of the Save Our Seafront (SOS) Campaign, Deputy Boyd Barrett has authored the SOS submission and recently published a pamphlet on the future of Dun Laoghaire Harbour- distributing 8000 copies across the Dun Laoghaire area.

Deputy Boyd Barrett and the Save Our Seafront Campaign will be arguing that the cruise berth plan will fundamentally damage Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a public amenity and a vital piece of national heritage. He will argue that the planned expenditure of €18 million to be borrowed by the Harbour Company represents a dangerous financial gamble, particularly because Dublin Port are simultaneously constructing a new cruise berth directed at winning precisely the same cruise ship business.

Deputy Boyd Barrett will also argue that the proposed cruise berth plan is a Trojan horse for the privatisation of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and is intrinsically linked to the Harbour Company’s masterplan to build hundreds of private apartments inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Deputy Boyd Barrett will be speaking at the commencement of the An Bord Pleanala oral hearings tomorrow which are due to run for eight days.

The hearings will take place in The Academy Plaza Hotel, Cathal Brugha St, Dublin 1, beginning at 10am with Deputy Boyd Barrett due to make his presentation at 10.30am.