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
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.
Dublin Port have responded to An Bord Pleanála’s request for ‘additional information’ on their application to infill Dublin Bay. This the Port’s latest application was lodged last year, and the saga continues with local residents, campaign groups and environmentalists all lodging strong and persuasive arguments against any expansion of the ports activities. I lodged an objection last year to this latest proposal to expand the port on the grounds that it will cause greater flooding than is already experienced in the area and that it would be ‘slap bang’ in the middle of the new Special Protection Area for wild birds.
After my local election campaign, where I hoped to get re-elected to Dublin City Council, but didn’t, I am going to continue working as a political activist highlighting justice, environment and equality issues.
This, my new blog, created today, will be a good place to start my ‘new beginnings’, and each week I hope to address specific issues such as electoral, local and national Government reform, public transport, equal access to education, local business supports, environment and Dublin Bay, and anything else that happens to catch my attention!