Statement: Aodhan O Riordain opposed to any infilling of Dublin Bay

08 Apr 2011

We have received the following communication from Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. As you might expect we will be issuing our own considered response to the new 'masterplan' launched yesterday by Dublin Port Company. In the meantime, we are pleased to have received Aodhan's support in this matter.


Labour Party TD for Dublin North Central, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said that he would vehemently oppose any prospective infilling of Dublin Bay by Dublin Port. Deputy Ó Ríordáin was responding to a report in today’s Irish Times which highlights a new long-term development plan compiled by Dublin Port. The plan would involve the need to expand the Port by between 31 and 40 hectares of land.

Working closely with local Labour activist Bronwen Maher and Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones on the issue, Deputy Ó Ríordáin states: “We  are completely opposed to any proposed infilling of land by Dublin Port in the Dublin Bay area. The Labour Party’s preferred option for the future of Dublin Port is the retention of a vibrant, dynamic city port, removing large heavy port activity to an alternative site and without the unnecessary infilling or expanding into Dublin Bay”.

“Moreover, any development must be examined in the overall context of the social and economic needs of Dublin City and Dublin Bay. Dublin Bay is home to rich wildlife and fauna and has great tourist potential. Therefore we must strive to protect this area to the best of our abilities.”

"We will be encouraging residents in Clontarf and indeed any other Northside community concerned about the future of Dublin Bay to attend the consultation day scheduled to take place in Clontarf Rugby Club on Thursday April 28th from 2pm-8pm."