#DLHarbour - “There is no immediate health and safety issue with any pier in Dun Laoghaire.”
That was the message from Transport Minister Shane Ross in his reply to a Dáil question from local TD Richard Boyd Barrett earlier this week.
On the question of the risk assessment and due diligence reports conducted on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Minister Ross said the process “is a matter for” the chief executive of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, who concluded last month “that the most appropriate model for the [harbour] company is the transfer and dissolution model.”
The minister confirmed earlier this month that “all assets and liability” of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company would transfer to the local authority.
“I understand that the main issue now outstanding relates to remedial works in the harbour and how those works will be funded,” said Minister Ross in his response to Deputy Barrett, reiterating that National Ports Policy “clearly states that there is no Exchequer funding for any port company.
“My Department has been informed that there is no immediate health and safety issue with any pier in Dun Laoghaire,” he continued.
The statement comes after recent concerns over damage to the West Pier after Storm Emma, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.