There is 'substantial damage' to Dun Laoghaire's East Pier following Storm Emma. The bad news for the harbour, following its bicentenary year, comes as Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will recommend the dissolution of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and the transfer of its assets to the local authority at a meeting this week.
The latest photos show the bandstand area of the East Pier now requiring major repair works. See photos below.
Dublin harbours bore the brunt of the easterly storm at the weekend when high seas caused flooding and infrastructural damage with the damage to the country's largest man made harbour revealed in these pictures below.
Officials have described the damage as 'substantial'. Unfortunately, it is an example of the type of ongoing maintenance and repiar costs required at the Victorian Harbour as Dun Laoghaire County Councillors prepare to debate the takeover of the running of the harbour from the harbour company.
Responding to the damage to the surface of the upper East Pier and sun shelter and to ensure the safety of our visiting public, Harbour CEO Gerry Dunne says he has 'closed the upper level of the East Pier until further notice'. Barriers and signage will be erected. 'We are carrying out some emergency repairs to the lower level and hope to keep this open to the public. The Battery is unaffected. A section of the West Pier will also be closed' Dunne told Afloat.ie
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will recommend the dissolution of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and the transfer of its assets to the local authority at a meeting this week.
Following months of slow progress, DLRCoCo chief executive Philomela Poole will tell councillors tomorrow (Tuesday, 6 March) that the second of two options as outlined in the Harbours Act 2015 is best to help secure Dun Laoghaire’s future — a move that is being hailed by local campaigners Save Our Seafront.
In an information pack distributed to DLRCoCo members in advance of next week’s meeting, as seen by Afloat.ie, Poole states: “It has become increasingly clear over the past decade that the long-term future of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be in terms of marine leisure, maritime tourism, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment … Therefore it is appropriate that the plans be developed under the aegis of and in co-operation with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.”
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