Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin Bay Dredging.

Thursday, 4 February 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 251 No. 5

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Mr. Moore: Information on Seán Moore  Zoom on Seán Moore  asked the Minister for Transport and Power if he will consider taking steps to prohibit all reclamation by dredging, dry filling and tipping in Dublin Bay pending an independent public inquiry and the production of the short and long term plans by the Port and Docks Board.

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan  Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan  Current reclamation works affecting the foreshore in Dublin Bay have been authorised by me under the Foreshore Act or by way of Harbour Works Orders and there is no question of revoking this authority. Additional reclamation not so authorised would fail to be considered under the relevant legislation and in the light of the long and short term plans of the Port and Docks Board which are still awaited.

Mr. Moore: Information on Seán Moore  Zoom on Seán Moore  Can the Minister state when the Port and Docks Board will furnish the report?

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan  Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan  To be candid, I am disappointed about the delay in furnishing the information to me. I hope to have it within the next three months.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  Is the Minister aware that reclamation work has advanced along the Clontarf seafront to a greater extent than the residents of the area were given to understand?

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan  Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan  I want to be quite definite about this. Certain orders were made some years ago. No reclamation works outside the specific authorisation of the regulations made have occurred. I am keeping a close eye on this.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  Is the Minister aware that reclamation work has advanced far beyond the assurance given by the Minister for Industry and Commerce in the last election campaign to the residents of Clontarf?

[743]Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley  Zoom on George Colley  That is not true.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  The Minister should tell the residents of Clontarf this because they are under the impression that the Minister for Industry and Commerce in the last election campaign assured them that there would be no further reclamation in the Bay area.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley  Zoom on George Colley  I am being deliberately misrepresented.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  I am only repeating what the residents say.

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan  Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan  I shall be very glad to see a responsible deputation from the residents concerned and we can discuss the matter.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  The Minister should meet the residents—he has not met them for a long time.

Mr. Colley: Information on George Colley  Zoom on George Colley  I am in closer touch with the residents than the Deputy.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  I am calling Question No. 9.


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