In our document An Alternative Vision for Dún Laoghaire Harbour Save our Seafront said that we are not against cruise ships using Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
But we are against the Harbour Company’s plans to build a Cruise berth pier 435 metre long through the centre of the harbour, thereby almost cutting it in half in order to facilitate super-sized Cruise Ships.
Cruise Ships have a part to play in sustaining Dún Laoghaire as a working harbour – but as a niche market that will attract the smaller ships that can use the existing facilities.
A modest development of the pier at Dún Laoghaire would enable it to take Cruise Ships and Ferries up to 200 metres in length. The larger ships can anchor in the bay and came ashore by tender as at present. The schedule for 2016 backs up our position, six out of seven ships scheduled will be able to use the existing facilities. We should be targeting the smaller cruise ship market and providing a tourist product that emphasises the attractions of the town and surrounding areas.
Read the Save Our Seafront alternative vision for the Harbour here. Our Harbour is Not for Sale