Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Ó Ríordáin Welcomes Rejection of Dublin Bay Infill


Statement from Cllr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Labour Party Representative, Dublin North Central
Wednesday June 9th 2010

Labour Party Representative for Dublin North Central, Cllr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála today to reject the Dublin Port Company's application to infill and develop over 95 acres of the inner bay of Dublin. The Bord decided that part of the development would have taken place inside a special area of conservation under the EU Birds Directive, and would involve the permanent loss of wetland habitat.

‘I am delighted that An Bord Pleanála have made this decision and finally put to bed the decades old controversy over the proposed infill of Dublin Bay. Myself and my Labour Colleagues Bronwen Maher and Tommy Broughan have fought long and hard against the Port Company’s proposals over many years and we are thrilled that An Bord Pleanála has listened to our views.’ Cllr Ó Ríordáin said.

‘It is however disappointing that An Bord Pleanála declined to accept its own inspectors' recommendation to refuse permission on several other points, including the unacceptable risk of flooding of the Clontarf area,’ he continued.‘It is none the less gratifying that residents of Clontarf and Dubliners from further afield who enjoy the Bay can have faith in the planning process that it can work in favour of the interests of ordinary residents and the ecological heritage of Dublin,’ Cllr Ó Ríordáin concluded.