Richard Boyd Barrett calls for radical change to Harbours Bill to prevent privatisation of Dun Laoghaire harbour

boyd-barrettRichard Boyd Barrett has submitted 29 amendments to the Harbours Bill which will be debated in the Dail at 4pm this evening. The People before Profit TD will be calling a vote on all amendments.

The amendments are aimed at radically changing the bill to ensure the dissolution of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company as a semi state quango and to prevent the privatisation of Dun Laoghaire harbour and other harbours.

Dun Laoghaire and other harbours are severely threatened by privatisation and this bill should be aimed at protecting these vital assets and ensuring they are developed for the benefit of all and not private companies.

They are also aimed at excluding the possibility of a giant cruise berth and apartments being built in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour should be transferred to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, with the dissolution of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, to make it a fully integrated department of the council;  and that decisions regarding its future should be made by the elected  members, in consultation with a newly established Harbour Stakeholder Group.

As Chairperson of Save Our Seafront, Richard Boyd Barrett has been spearheading a campaign against the Harbour Company plans to build a giant cruise berth and hundreds of private apartments in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Richard Boyd Barrett said, “This bill is of vital importance not just for Dun Laoghaire but for other major harbours in the state and I have tabled these amendments to ensure Dun Laoghaire Harbour is not privatised.

Our campaign and my amendments are aimed at ensuring that the quango is disbanded and the harbour comes properly under real public control and is developed in the public interest.

A huge campaign in Dun Laoghaire has indicated that there is not public support for a giant cruise ship berth so we want to see this plan and plans for apartments in the harbour scrapped.”