Posts Tagged ‘An Bord Pleanála’

Plan to infill Dublin Bay rejected

June 10, 2010

Great news yesterday, Dublin Port’s application to infill Dublin Bay was turned down by An Bord Pleanála. Well done Dublin Bay Watch and Clontarf Residents Association, their legal teams, and especially Bird Watch Ireland for their strong evidence at the Oral Hearing, delivered by Siobhán Egan.

Labour Party Representative for Dublin North Central, Cllr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, also welcomed the decision. “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.

“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.

“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.”


Oral Hearing finishes it work.

December 14, 2009

The Oral Hearing finished Wednesday 9 December. In about 4 months An Bord Pleanála will publish their ruling on the Port Company’s application to infill part of the Bay.

Campaign group Dublin Bay Watch have been in touch with their supporters and intend to distribute a leaflet to homes in the new year.  The leaflet will give further details of the Oral Hearing and the many individuals and businesses that assisted Dublin Bay Watch over the years.

Now all we can do is wait.  On a final note, great work by all the residents, Dublin Bay Watch team, Clontarf Residents’ Association representatives, and all the NGOs, and An Taisce who put in time and effort to save this valuable and wonderful resource for future generations.

Dublin Port challenges Dublin City Parks Dept. evidence at oral hearing

December 5, 2009

The Oral Hearing on the Dublin Bay infill application resumed Monday 30th December.

And Dublin Port Company surprised all in attendance at by submitting new evidence on wild bird numbers to the Oral Hearing on the expansion of Dublin Port.  The report was titled ‘Winter Bird Surveys in Dublin Port and Tolka Estuary, Sept to Nov. ’08’ written by Natura Environmental Consultants.

Legal representation for the Port Company took some time on Wednesday cross-examining Dublin City Parks Dept.  This examination appeared to attempt to prove that the area to be infilled was not a significant site for the protected species. 

This area being challenged by the Port is designation as a Special Protection Area under EU Law;  my opinion is that the time for this discussion was with the Parks and Wildlife and EU when the designation process was underway in 2008.

See my notes from the hearing Monday 30 Nov., to Wednesday 2nd December.  Meeting to resume 7th December, with An Taisce submitting further evidence and cross-examination by Dublin Port of various other witnesses.

Dublin Bay: What Next? – Invitation to public meeting

October 21, 2009

Clontarf CastleDublin Bay: What Next?

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Clontarf Castle


Admission Free – All Welcome



Cllr. Dermot Lacey – Chair Dublin Bay Task Force

Bronwen Maher – Labour Party, Dublin North Central 

Chair Cllr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Clontarf Ward

 The meeting has been organised by the Labour Party to provide up to date information for local residents on the adjourned Oral Hearing; and on the work of the Dublin Bay Task Force.  Cllr. Dermot Lacey, has been recently appointed chair of the Dublin Bay Task Force, and locals will have the opportunity to meet him and give him their views on the Bay.  I will give a report on the Oral Hearing before it was adjourned, and discuss what needs to be done to project the Bay.

Oral hearing to reconvene

October 9, 2009

Bronwen on Clontarf promenadeThis week An Bord Pleanála wrote to anyone who lodged an observation or objection to the Dublin Port’s infill plan.  See application reference 29N.PA0007 on the An Bord Pleanála website. 

Got my letter yesterday to inform me that the oral hearing is to reconvene.  The hearing was adjourned following conflict of interest claims by Dublin Port against An Bord Pleanála.  According to the correspondence received yesterday, the board’s inspector has fully investiated the allegations and has declared them unfounded.  As soon as I have a date for the new hearing I’ll be in touch.

Oral Hearing adjourned indefinitely, following conflict of interest claim by Dublin Port

September 10, 2009

An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing has now been adjourned indefinitely, following this morning’s adjournment. 

Council for Dublin Port interrupted this morning’s hearing to state that Dublin Port Company had discovered that a company, that works for Drogheda Port Company, (who wish to build a port at Bremore), also works/advises An Bord Pleanála. 

An Taisce and Legal Council for the Clontarf Residents and Dublin Bay Watch indicated that they would seek any costs arising from this startling development.

The Oral Hearing re-convened at 2.30pm however as I predicted the Inspector was not in a position to continue the hearing.

I will post more information on the company and its involvement with both An Bord Pleanála and Drogheda Port Company should I get it.

Oral Hearing on Dublin Port Company application to infill and develop 95 acres of the North Inner Bay

September 2, 2009

The An Bord Pleanála oral hearing kicks off tomorrow, at 11am in The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

If you have an interest in protecting Dublin Bay please come along, the hearing is open to the public and should last between two to three weeks.

The Port Company will give evidence first, followed by other statutory bodies, then NGO, such as Dubin Bay Watch and Bird Watch Ireland, then the residents associations, public representative and finally individuals.

I will post regular updates on the proceeding on my blog.