Category: Dun Laoghaire Harbour


harbourPeople Before Profit TD and Chair of Save Our Seafront, Richard Boyd Barrett, will be speaking at a public meeting in Dun Laoghaire tonight calling for a campaign to ensure the Harbour transfers into full public ownership and the abandonment of the “crazy cruise berth and private apartment plan”.
In advance of An Bord Pleanala’s decision with regards to the Cruise Berth the meeting will also discuss an alternative to the Harbour Company’s plans, including a Diaspora Centre and a National Water Sports Centre.
Richard Boyd Barrett said: “The overwhelming majority of the submissions to An Bord Pleanala were against the Berth for giant Cruise Ships and last spring Cllr Melisa Halpin succeeded in passing a motion at council level to limit the size of cruise ships in the harbour to the small ones that can come in without alterations to the harbour structure.
“We have always been keen to point out, that the plan for giant cruise ships in the harbour carried with it a plan for private apartments and hotels within the curtilage of our Victorian harbour.
“We also want to alert the public to the major wast of public money that is going on in the Harbour Company, on executive salaries, spurious extra payments and other unnecessary expenditure.”

People Before Profit TD says Dun Laoghaire Harbor company “flotel” tender  is another example of the hair brain solo-runs  of a discredited unaccountable quango

Minister must dissolve Harbour Company and bring vital amenity and asset fully under public control

harbourIn a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for the People Before Profit Alliance in Dun Laoghaire has hit out at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company for issuing a public tender yesterday on e-tenders  for a “flotel” in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, describing the move as “yet another example, in a long line, of hair-brain solo runs by an unaccountable and discredited quango.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett pointed out that Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company had wasted millions of euros of public money over recent years on ill-considered and inappropriate plans for high-rise apartments, a giant cruise berth, floating swimming pools, while consistently ignoring the calls of the public for more appropriate amenity developments.

Currently, a harbour Company planning application for a giant cruise berth in the middle of Dun Laoghaire Harbour is before An Bord Planala, despite being met with overwhelming public opposition and the opposition of the elected members of Dun Laoghaire Co. Council.

Deputy Boyd Barrett said, it “beggars belief that while the cruise Berth proposal remains unresolved and the subject  of such huge public opposition, that the harbour Company would unleash yet another hair-brain plan, without any consultation with the public, the Council or other elected representatives.”

 Deputy Boyd Barrett called on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to move immediately to dissolve the Harbour Company and put Dun Laoghaire Harbour under fully public control by integrating into Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council, as allowed for under the recently passed new Habour Bill.

Richard Boyd Barrett concluded:

“This discredited and unaccountable quango must be dissolved by Minster Ross without delay. The over-paid and out of touch executives of the harbour company are wasting vast amounts of public money simply to justify their own existence, without any reference to what the public actually wants for this unique and vital harbour amenity.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is too important a public amenity and piece of unique maritime and cultural heritage to be left in the hands of quango that is simply a law unto itself.”

Richard Boyd Barrett condemns Sean Barrett for coming out to bat for the privatisation agenda of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company

Barrett’s comments confirm the biased agenda and Fine Gael intentions in regard to Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Dun Laoghaire Harbour should be developed in the interests of the people and the various harbour user groups

People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, Richard Boyd Barrett, has lashed out at the “biased” and “disgraceful” statements made by Fine Gael Deputy, Sean Barrett, in the Dail chamber today in which he suggested that the best thing for Dun Laoghaire Harbour would be to retain the Harbour Company quango.

In his contribution today, Deputy Sean Barrett, “came out to bat for the privatisation agenda” according to Ricard Boyd Barrett.

Richard Boyd Barrett is a long-time campaigner, with Save Our Seafront and various other harbour user groups, for the sustainable and appropriate development of the harbour in the interests of the people and the many different groups who use the harbour on a daily and weekly basis.

The Dun Laoghaire People Before Profit TD, has consistently called for the dismantling of the Harbour Company and for the Harbour to be brought under the democratic control of the Council and interest groups.

Deputy Boyd Barrett also rubbished the claim made by the Fine Gael TD that the local authorities have not the skills to run a harbour.

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Deputy Boyd Barrett said: “I am disgusted at the biased claims made by Deputy Sean Barrett in which he has essentially called for the privatisation of our harbour. The harbour is a public amenity which is the property of all the people of Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown and indeed the entire city.

“The Harbour Act that was brought in by FG/Labour last year means that a decision on the future governance of the harbour will be made in the very near future.  Sean Barrett’s comments can only be welcomed in that they end the fence sitting of our Fine Gael TD’s in Dun Laoghaire.  Clearly he supports the retention of the Harbour Company that has wasted thousands of euro in paying top executives 6 figure salaries and expenses that have been questioned on a number of occasions in Dail Eireann and at Dail committees. He seems to want to see floating hotels, supersized cruise ships and private apartments within our harbour.

“Our vision for the harbour is entirely different it is about democratic control, a diaspora centre, a national water sports centre – a harbour for the people not the profiteers and developers.

“Barrett’s plans are entirely in sync with the Fine Gael agenda that wants to put all public services and facilities into private for profit hands. The harbour is a landmark and asset of Dun Laoghaire of huge historical importance. Millions of people emigrated from this country through the harbour, countless families and children have walked the pier and used all the wonderful facilities that the harbour provides. It is for the people of Dublin and indeed the visitors to our city, to whom the harbour belongs, we will continue to oppose this disgraceful push for privatisation.

“The people, residents groups and civil society groups, sailing clubs and many other groups have all come together to oppose the privatisation of the harbour. I as chair of the Save Our Seafront campaign will continue to oppose the neo-liberal push to take the harbour into private ownership in the strongest possible way.”

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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.”

PBPA TD says Dun Laoghaire Harbour quango must be dissolved in favour of full public control.

budget speech - CopyPeople Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett TD has submitted 28 amendments to the Harbours Bill 2015 which will be discussed at the Oireachtas Transport Committee at 11am today.

Richard Boyd Barrett is the only TD to submit amendments to the bill which deals with the future governance of not just Dun Laoghaire Harbour but also Drogheda, Galway, New Ross and Wicklow.

After challenging Minister for Transport Pascal Donoghue in the Dail this morning, in the context of the new Harbours Bill 2015, the People Before Profit TD argued that 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, “Crunch time has arrived for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Their bill will cast the die for the future development of the harbour. The bill sets out two options for Dun Laoghaire and the other harbours: either to continue as a profit orientated and unacceptable quango, or to come properly under the control of the public.

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”.

harbourIn a statement today, People Before Profit Dun Laoghaire, welcomed the decision of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council to pass a motion amending the new County Development Plan which will exclude Cruise ships bigger than 250 metres from Dun Laoghaire harbour

People Before Profit Councillors Melisa Halpin and Karl Gill  proposed the motion to protect the harbour into the future by only allowing the small cruise ships to come directly into the Harbour. All other ships would have to dock in the bay and come in by tender or go to the larger cruise berth in Dublin Port. 

The passing of the motion comes, while An Bord Pleanala are currently considering an application by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to build a giant cruise berth in the harbour to allow for super-size cruise ships of up to 430 metres in length.

Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD and chair of Save Our Seafront said: “Save Our Seafront is delighted with this news , which will now have to be taken into account by An Bord Pleanala in their current consideration of the cruise berth planning application. This is a huge victory for people power. We have been campaigning for nearly a year against a new Cruise Berth that would allow mega cruise ships come into our harbour, and which is linked to other plans to build hundreds of private apartments in the harbour. It is clear that public pressure, mobilized in meetings protests and petitions, is working. ”

“Dun Laoghaire harbour is at a cross roads since Stena left. The Harbour Company sees the future in these supersized monsters, we believe there is a different vision of the harbour – one which will safeguard traditional harbour users like the million people who walk the pier and those who fish and sail, while also developing the harbour in their interests. Super sized cruise ships in our harbour would shift the balance decisively away from the harbour as an amenity, we want to see the harbour maintaining the balance that it has always had as both a working harbour and an amenity.”


Cllr Melisa Halpin added: “The new draft of the County Development Plan will now include a number of motions that are totally incompatible with the super sized cruise ships. Our motion rules out ships bigger than 250 metres coming into the harbour, we also agreed motions to maintain only low rise development in the harbour and support a National Water Sports Centre. “