Would cruise ships hurt Dun Laoghaire?

'Save Our Seafront' has been cleared to mount legal challenge against the development of a facility to bring some of the world's largest ships to south Dublin

Would cruise ships hurt Dun Laoghaire?

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'Save Our Seafront' has been cleared to seek a Judicial Review against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to allow the development of a new cruise berth facility at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, south Dublin.

The group alleges that, "The Environmental Impact Study and the Natura Impact Statement were inadequate and fail adequately or at all to capture the environmental effects of the proposed development."

It also claims that, "Independently of that point, An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for a development which Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company did not apply for."

Mr Justice Max Barrett agreed that a number of environmental factors offer grounds for a judicial review of the Board’s decision.

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Richard Boyd Barrett TD, the chair of Save Our Seafront said, "We are applying for a judicial review in order to protect Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the people and the natural environment.

"A giant cruise berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour would negatively impact on all users of the harbour- walkers, boat users and the varied wildlife. Our harbour is a wonderfully historic and cultural asset and should be developed to enhance all aspects of our harbour rather than limiting it to giant cruise ships."

When contacted by Newstalk the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company declined to comment.

It originally sought to build a ship to accommodate ships of up to 340m but was later pared back to 250m. This would accommodate 80% of cruise ships which come to Dublin.