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”.