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
In 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.”