Posts Tagged ‘Bird Watch Ireland’

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.

Oral Hearing kicks off with strong challenge by both An Taisce and Legal Council for residents

September 9, 2009

The Oral Hearing kicked off with statements by both An Taisce and Legal Council for Dublin Bay Watch and the Clontarf Residents Association.

An Taisce LogoIan Lumney BL, An Taisce, challenged the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statement and failure to address the issue of climate change and CO2 levels. 

portaerialDonal O Laoire BL,  representing the residents and Dublin Bay Watch, stated that economic arguments could not be used as a reason for allowing the expansion to go ahead as application will be considered under the Birds Directive and not the Habitats Directive. 

To date we have heard submissions from Dublin Port (lasting 3 and a half days), Dublin City Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Bird Watch Ireland, Dublin Transportation Office, Irish Seal Sanctuary, and Concerned Blackheath Park Residents.

I have been able to attend two full days so far, and read my summary of these presentations here.

DBW-Sept-08-Page-1thbThe Oral Hearing next sits on Thursday 10th, starting with statements from Dublin Bay Watch and Clontarf Residents Association. I understand that this will be a joint presentation and will take at least three hours.

Following on we will hear submissions from local TDs, Senators and Councillors and political parties. On Friday we will also hear evidence from shipping experts representing Bremore Ireland Port Limited.

Monday 14 September– the cross questions of all parties will commence, with the final module being the presentations from individuals and households and cross-questioning.

The Inspector intends for the hearing to take two weeks from 3 September, and depending on the number of individuals and residents wishing to speak, I believe we could reach this target, and even finish by Tuesday 15.