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Online Petition To 'Save Dun Laoghaire Dinghy Sailing'

7th April 2015
Online Petition To 'Save Dun Laoghaire Dinghy Sailing'

#DunLaoghaire - An online petition to 'save Dun Laoghaire dinghy sailing' has attracted nearly 1,400 signatures.

Set up by local Fireball sailor Peter Doherty, the petition rails against recently unveiled plans by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to build a 400m berth for cruise liners.

It's feared that the increase in cruise traffic will "destroy dinghy sailing in the harbour", described as "Ireland's most celebrated dinghy sailing location".

Using the harbour all year round, and availing of the local amenities, the dinghy sailing community feels short shifted by the harbour company's plans.

That's especially when "at most, [cruise] passengers will spend a day in Dun Laoghaire town, assuming they don't bypass the area entirely on their way into the city centre."

See more about the petition HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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