The Dublin Regional Authority is leading the way on an important initiative for the Irish Sea Region.
The project involves Belfast, Merseyside the Isle of Man, University College Cork and the North West Development Agency in the UK, all are committed to developing a strong Irish Sea regional grouping.
A regional policy emphasising the importance of protecting marine ecology whilst developing economic links will also benefit Dublin Bay. Read more here…
Great news yesterday, Dublin Port’s application to infill Dublin Bay was turned down by An Bord Pleanála. Well done to the Dublin Bay Watch and Clontarf Residents Association, their legal teams, and especially Bird Watch Ireland for their strong evidence delivered at the Oral Hearing by Siobhán Egan. Also congratulations to the National Parks and Wildlife Service who mapped and designated the site as an important wild bird habitat.Read more about Dublin Port’s plans here…
Despite launching the Dublin Bay Task Force in a blaze of publicity in June 2008 John Gormley has failed to respond to the many recommendations and subsequent requests for action submitted more than fourteen months ago.
Labour Party representatives Cllr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Bronwen Maher have strongly criticized Environment Minister John Gormley for his lack of action on Dublin Bay. Continue reading
The latest ‘war of words’ between Minister John Gormley and City Manager John Tierney, each dissing the other’s report, is serving a useful safety valve for the Minister – as the plant will be located in Ringsend slap bang in the Minister’s constituency. At least he can show his constituents he can stand up to the City Council.
But I can’t see him being able to stop the project at this stage, a contract has been signed and all the relevant permissions in law have been granted.
Oral Hearing on the Dublin Bay infill application resumed last week, and Dublin Port Company surprised all in attendance by submitting new evidence on wild bird numbers, claiming infill would have no impact on habitat. The report was titled ‘Winter Bird Surveys in Dublin Port and Tolka Estuary, Sept to Nov. ‘08′ written by Natura Environmental Consultants. See my report on the hearing here….
Speaking at a public information meeting hosted by the Labour Party – “Dublin Bay: What Next” in the Clontarf Castle Hotel on Wednesday 28 October, Labour Party representatives, Cllr. Aodháin Ó Ríordáin and Bronwen Maher said the Labour Party is steadfastly opposed to the unnecessary reclamation of 21 hectares at the top of the Tolka Estuary, and that the recent Government’s Dublin Port Economic Study does not justify Dublin Bay reclamation. Also speaking at the meeting was Cllr. Dermot Lacey, newly elected chair of the Dublin Bay Task Force. For more details visit my Dublin Bay Campaign Blog.
My first official role as Co-Chair of the the Labour Party’s Environment and Sustainability policy group was to attend the Irish Environment Network’s information day for political parties. Held last Tuesday, the meeting gave each NGO affialiated to the IEN an opportunity to give a short and sharp presentation on their work and campaigns. Great idea as it also gave politicians and environmental activists the opportunity to meet and chat over tea and sandwiches.
Last night attended the Labour Party’s Dublin North Central AGM, held in the Beaumont Artane Recreation Centre, with Joan Burton TD as guest speaker.
And all week local Labour Party members, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and I have been busy organising and publicising our first public meeting together – ‘Dublin Bay: what next?’ with guest speaker Cllr. Dermot Lacey, who has just taken over from me as Chair of the Dublin Bay Task Force.