Minister Shane Ross has tonight signed Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company over to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with absolutely no financial provision for the estimated €33.5 million debt that comes with it.
Despite repeated calls for fairness from councillors on this issue, DLR has been saddled with a level of financial liability that will compromise existing projects and our ability to deliver services for businesses and residents in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
I really do think that this is the apex of the Minister’s cowardly inaction on Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
The Council has had no say in the visible decline and mismanagement of our beautiful, Victorian harbour. But, notwithstanding that Shane Ross stood back and did nothing when he, as the sole shareholder, had the power to intervene and change the course of the Harbour’s decline, it is the ordinary people of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown who will now pick up the tab for his failure to act responsibly.
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