People power wins the day at county development plan meeting
Local TD asks “Is this bye bye to Monster cruise ships in our harbour?”
In a statement today, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, welcomed the decision of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown councillors to vote to protect Dun Laoghaire Harbour and asks if this could be the end of plans for monster cruise ships in our Harbour.
In the final draft of the County Development Plan, the Chief Executive attempted to overturn proposals by Cllr Melisa Halpin to protect the Harbour from mega cruise liners and to limit building heights within the harbour.
Residents of the county, harbour users and a number of campaign groups have been campaigning for the last year to ensure that only small cruise ships will be allowed come into Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Campaigners believe that spending €18 million on a new cruise berth in the Harbour is a dangerous gamble and the first step on the road to privatisation. According to a council report – the cruise berth and other harbour projects would be financed by private apartments within the harbour.
Campaigners want to see the harbour developed as a working harbour that balances both the commercial and the leisure aspects of the harbour.
The plan for a new cruise berth for the harbour is currently being considered by An Bord Pleanala and the Board will have to be cognisant of the new commitments in the County Development Plan in their deliberations.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD and chair of Save Our Seafront said: “I am delighted that the proposals that councillor Melisa Halpin has been championing have been passed by such a great majority. It is yet another victory for People Power in the battle to Save Our Seafront and Harbour. When we started our fight to protect our Harbour for the people, only a handful of councillors supported us, It is a testimony to all the people who campaigned and lobbied for the last year that the vote to preclude mega cruise liners from the Harbour was won last night by 30 votes to 7.
We now await the decision from An Bord Pleanala but we are hopeful that this might be the end of this madcap plan to spend €18 million on one single project that is highly likely to become a white elephant because Dublin Port will be competing with it.”