People Before Profit TD to present submission on Cruise Berth at An Bord Pleanala hearing next week
The campaign to protect Dun Laoghaire Harbour from the controversial Cruise Berth and associated private residential development within the curtilage of Harbour is intensifying this week as the An Bord Pleanala Preliminary Oral Hearing opens tomorrow and a major protest is planned for Saturday at 1pm at The People’s Park.
People Before Profit TD and chair of Save Our Seafront, Richard Boyd Barrett, will speak at Saturday’s rally and will be presenting the SOS submission at the ABP hearing.
Boyd Barrett recently published a booklet entitled “An Alternative Vision for Dun Laoghaire Harbour” and hosted a number of public meetings to launch this book.
The People Before Profit TD and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown councillors will be raising the issue of protecting the Harbour as a public amenity in both the Dail and the Council in the coming weeks.
A ground swell of support is growing behind the demands for to keep the Harbour as a public amenity rather than for super-sized cruise berths and private developments. Some of the submissions in this vein, that have gone into ABP come from Save Our Seafront, An Taisce, Sandycove, Glasthule Residents Association, The Combined Yacht Clubs the Water Wags and People Before Profit, amongst others.
Richard Boyd Barrett said: “Momentum is growing behind demands to protect Dun Laoghaire Harbour from the controversial €18 million Cruise Berth and associated Private Residential Developments. In the next weeks we will see the ABP Oral Hearing take place, we will see the major protest this Saturday and we will see votes next week in the council and votes in the Dail in the coming weeks or months.
Finally the narrative that the only future for the Harbour is to mortgage it to the highest bidder is being challenged. Instead people are talking about a National Diaspora Centre, A National Water Sports Centre and the protection of our Harbour for the people of the county into the future.”