Category: Dun Laoghaire

PUBLIC RALLY Friday 10th March @ 7.45 ampbp-dl-leaflet-save-our-dart-station-staff-public-rally-a5-colour-page001


 Sandycove & Glasthule DART station

Our Dart stations are under attack, management of Iarnród Éireann are planning to close the ticket offices in a number of Dart stations in the locality to ‘manage resources’ and improve their ‘business needs’. This discriminates against passengers needing assistance and compromises the safety of all passengers. People Before Profit believe Public transport should for the good of the public and not profit oriented. The stations on the DART line and mostimportantly the staff are part of the oldest suburban railway line in the world and have been avital part of our communities for almost 200 years.

Join the campaign to keep our DART stations staffed.

pbp-dl-leaflet-save-our-dart-station-staff-a5-colour-updated-page001PUBLIC MEETING
Save Our Dart Station Staff
‘Use People Not Machines’
Monday 20th February @ 8 pm
The Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire
Speakers include; Richard Boyd Barrett TD

Dart stations are under attack, management of Iarnród Éireann are planning to close the ticket offices in a number of Dart stations in the locality compromising the health and safety of passengers and making it more difficult for passengers needing assistance to travel with ease. Join the campaign to keep our Dart stations manned.

The cull is starting with Lansdowne Road and Grand Canal Dock but spreading to the Dún Laoghaire Area from March, most likely staring with Glasthule and Seapoint stations.
The implications of this go far beyond having a friendly face in your local station; passengers needing assistance will be subject to notice periods in order to use the Dart, discriminating against the most vulnerable in our society. This is unacceptable given that a member of Iarnród Éireann management recently told PBP Councillor Melisa Halpin in a meeting about accessibility that measures are being planned to make travel easier for passengers needing assistance. Removing staff from stations contradicts this statement exposing it as empty rhetoric.
The health and safety of its passengers should be of the highest priority for the company, it is not possible to maintain a safe environment at all times in a staff-less station; Save Our Dart Stations, Use people not machines
People Before Profit Says;
• Keep our Dart Stations Staffed
• Boycott the machines, buy your ticket from the office
• Demand Iarnród Éireann provides a service to passengers needing assistance WITHOUT notice periods
• Health and Safety of Passengers should be paramount

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 host public meeting to plan campaign for more local authority housing on public and NAMA development sites in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, as housing and homelessness continues to spiral out of control.

housing-mtg-oct-2016Coveney Housing plan will not deliver urgently needed council housing, will cost the state a fortune, and will effectively privatise public land unless radically changed , says PBP TD.

Dun Laghaire-Rathdown is being “socially cleansed” as a result of the failure to provide council housing and the effective privatisation of the entire housing sector in the area.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance, along with local councillors, Melisa Halpin, Hugh Lewis and Dave O Keefe, will host a public meeting tonight, Monday Oct 24th at 8pm in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, to plan a campaign calling for a far higher proportion of local authority housing on public land and NAMA sites currently or soon to be developed in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

The public meeting has been called against the background of the waiting list for council housing in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown now reaching 16 years or more and a dramatic rise in rents in the area. Rents in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown now among the highest in the entire country and are completely unaffordable for those on low and even middle incomes.

The meeting will specifically call for the current development on the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club site, the soon to be developed Cherrywood Strategic development Zone (SDZ), and the former Shanganagh Prison site to have a far higher proportion of local authority housing than is currently envisaged under the Coveney, Rebuilding Ireland plan.

According to People Before Profit, unless current plans are radically changed, these large development sites, which have the potential to solve the social and affordable housing crisis in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, will deliver a “pathetically small number of council houses and ensure the crisis continues and worsens across the entire county.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said a process of “social cleansing is already well underway in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, with less well-off younger families and individuals, being driven out of the area by the totally unaffordable cost of accommodation and the disastrous lack of local authority housing stock.”

Deputy Boyd Barrett said, This process of social cleansing in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown will accelerate over the coming number of years because of the catastrophic failure to provide council housing and the utterly unaffordable level of private rents in the area.” 

Deputy Boyd Barrett concluded:  “The Convey plan simply will not work to solve the country’s dire housing and homelessness emergency because it depends utterly on the private market to deliver the majority of the hoped for social housing through HAP’s, RAS, Leasing and Public private partnership schemes. 

If this is true in the country at large, it’s doubly and trebly true in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown because rents and house prices are multiples of what they are in most other parts of the country.  

All Coveney’s plans are based on sourcing social and affordable housing from private developers at a discount on the market price, but the market price of rents and purchasing in this area are so far out in the stratosphere, that even at a discount, it will still be totally unaffordable.  

Against this background, the plan, under Rebuilding Ireland, to allow private developers to dominate the development of these three large sites at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, Cherrywood and Shanganagh is total insanity. 

The level of human misery and suffering being experienced by families and children from low income households in this area is simply unbearable. People think because some wealthy people live in this area that somehow everybody is better off. In reality, for those on social welfare or low wages, it is actually much worse to be without housing here because the cost of accommodation is so much higher. You don’t get higher social welfare or a higher minimum wage because you’re from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The consequence is that families and communities, that have lived here for generations and who’s children go to school here, are being ripped apart and driven out of the area. 

We are determined to fight the social cleansing of our area and demand that more of these development sites are used for actual local authority housing, rather than being handed over to private developers.” 

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.”

People power wins the day at county development plan meeting
Local TD asks “Is this bye bye to Monster cruise ships in our harbour?”
harbourIn 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.”

Community Protest in Dun Laoghaire town over cut to Youth Drug Outreach Group

Protest at 1.30pm on Sunday the 21st of February – meeting at the Church wall in Dun Laoghaire

Local People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says: “The Community Sector across the country is under attack and no one is listening – it’s high time people took a stand”

The Oasis project has been operating in Mounttown, Dun Laoghaire since 1996. Following a recent review of the service the HSE has decided to remove this group’s funding.
20 years of local knowledge and the respect that these outreach workers have gained within the community has been completely undermined and disregarded. This comes on top of a cut of up to 60% of funding for DROP (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project) due to a decision by the Drug’s Task Force.

Due to government policy market mechanisms and managerialism has made its way into the community sector. This has resulted in longstanding projects such as Oasis that actually work being closed down.
People Before Profit co-hosted a meeting with the project workers on February 10th where it was agreed to mount a campaign to restore this community service, a protest was held in Mounttown on Friday 12th February.
Richard Boyd Barrett went on to say: “The cut to the Oasis project and DROP is an utter scandal. We have all this guff from the government about recovery and yet here they are allowing a real community project be slashed – a project that is actually helping vulnerable young people. Whoever took this decision should be ashamed of themselves. We need to get everyone who cares about our young people to get on the streets in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday. And this is not just about this particular cut – its about youth a drug projects throughout this country being slaughtered by people who neither understand or care about our young people”.

christy gigPeople Before Profit presents Christy Moore in concert.
A Fundraiser for Richard Boyd Barrett’s election campaign.

Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott. Poet Dave Lordan and some special guests.

The election is just around the corner and we have a battle on our hands to keep a radical left voice for Dun Laoghaire in the Dail. So we hope you can join us for a wonderful night of music and poetry for an important cause.

Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm sharp.

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Tickets 25 euros. On sale in People Before Profit Office, 91 Lwr Georges St, Dun Laoghaire and in Keegan’s Footwear, Level 2, Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. Facebook Event page:

For further info: or phone: 086 0685549

People Before Profit to Host Public meeting with Oasis, Wednesday 10th at 8pm, Mounttown Community Facility
The Oasis outreach service workers walk the greater Monkstown Farm area late at night talking to groups of young people about drugs and other important issues, they link them in with other local services and regularly host workshops and day trips for local teenagers.
National Right2Water demo Dublin 21/03/2015 © Paula GeraghtyIn a statement Richard Boyd Barrett TD said: “It is totally scandalous that this outreach project, that has been operating in the area since 1996 should just be scrapped because of some arbitrary decisions by people who have no local knowledge and clearly no care for teenagers with drug addiction needs. This comes on top of a 60% slash of the funding for DROP who work with adults and teens in Dun Laoghaire town.”

There was no public consultation with the community or with those engaging with the service before the HSE decided to axe this invaluable project. Any new project couldn’t possibly replace the years of local knowledge and expertise that the Oasis Outreach workers brought to the job. The HSE created arbitrary criteria and along with Southside Partnership, they tested Oasis to see whether it met their new requirements. They decided it didn’t and wiped it out altogether with no plan for a replacement service.


We are asking people to get organised and challenge this cut and come to the meeting in Mounttown Community Facility at 8pm on Wednesday the 10th“.