Minister Ross needs to clear up ambiguity over Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company costs

Labour Trade Unionists
03 October 2018

Labour Party General Elections candidates for Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Rathdown, Councillor Deirdre Kingston and Councillor Lettie McCarthy, have expressed their concern at Minister Shane Ross’ plans to transfer the ownership of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Councillor Kingston said:

“This week in the Dáil, Minster of State John Paul Phelan confirmed to Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin that not all of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company liabilities will transfer to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

“Minister Shane Ross needs to come out now and confirm what the situation is as his ambiguity on this issue has been causing much concern both in my constituency and in the constituency of my colleague Lettie McCarthy.

“As the current sole shareholder for the Harbour Company, Minister Ross needs to ensure that DLRCC will not be liable for the costs of historic liabilities.

 General Election candidate for Dublin Rathdown, Councillor Lettie McCarthy added:

 “There is a real concern locally that the transfer of ownership of the Harbour Company will jeopardise local capital projects. I am especially concerned that the cost of taking ownership of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company will stall phase 2 of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus which will deliver a library and swimming pool and the Stillorgan Swimming Pool.

 “Minister Ross and the Government need to guarantee that when transferring the ownership that they will meet the historic costs, so that the people in communities across Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council areas do not lose out on much-needed capital services such as housing and community amenities. 

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