Latest Plans by Dublin Port Company to infill Dublin Bay
Clontarf Residents’ Association is not surprised at this latest attempt by Dublin Port Company to infill more of Dublin Bay.
It is now twenty three years since they started this exercise and we have fought and won several battles over the proposal, the latest being the Bord Pleanala decision last year to refuse Dublin Port Company’s application for 21 hectares. That application for 21 hectares would, according to their evidence, have been enough extra land for the ‘foreseeable future’.
That was last year!! According to their representative in a RTE interview on Wednesday 6th April, they will now need an area between 30 and 40 hectares to cover their needs up to 2040. The difference between 30 and 40 hectares is 10 hectares (24.7 acres !) or approximately three quarters the size of Fairview Park. This would appear to indicate that they really cannot calculate their potential needs if any.
‘A public consultation process, which will continue until 31st May 2011, will involve a series of stakeholder meetings at every level, including customers, business groups, statutory bodies and local councils. There will also be public information days in community venues around Dublin between 2pm and 8pm at Seán O’Casey Community Centre in East Wall on Tuesday, 26th April, Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA in Ringsend on Wednesday, 27th April and at Clontarf Rugby Club on Thursday, 28th We urge all concerned residents to attend one of these sessions.'
It is important that we hear what they have to say regarding this latest proposal and get as much information as possible. We will not, however, be making a detailed submission until we see the final plans when they have been produced.
Another consideration is the Colm McCarthy Report on the Review Group on State Assets and Liabilities (April 2011) Pages 58 to 63 make very interesting reading.
There is a Public Meeting arranged by Aodhan O’Riordan T.D. in St. Anthony’s House on Tuesday 26th at 8.00 p.m. with several speakers in attendance.
Clontarf Residents will also be arranging a Public Meeting at a later date and you will be notified via the Website and a Newsletter.