A judicial review is being sought over An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission for a cruise berth at Dun Laoghaire harbour.
The Save our Seafront group behind the appeal is headed up by local TD Richard Boyd Barrett and will seek the judicial review in the High Court today.
Permission was granted last November to develop a €18m project that could attract around 50 cruise ships during the summer months. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company sought a 340m limit on the length of cruise ships but the board ruled the size of ships be restricted to 250m in length. The project will also see the construction of a new cruise berth and access causeway and will require dredging of a navigational channel.
But the Save our Seafront group feels that even with the size restriction in place the harbour could still be overrun by cruise liners negatively impacting the harbour for all its users and wildlife.
They have raised concerns over the environmental impact study which they say did not properly take into account the environmental implications of dredging a new channel. They also claim An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for a development that was materially different from what the harbour company originally sought permission for.
*Update: The Save our Seafront have been granted leave by the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala’s decision. The judge granted leave to the group to bring judicial review proceedings and adjourned the matter until the end of the month.