Dun Laoghaire Harbour - Back in public ownership

Dún Laoghaire Harbour is a unique heritage site.

Save Our Seafront has long campaigned for Dun Laoghaire Harbour to be brought under public control rather than be run by the Harbour Company.  

Over the last decade, we, along with other local community, environmental and stakeholder groups campaigned successfully against repeated attempts by the Harbour Company to develop high-rise private apartment and hotel developments in the Harbour, and most recently we spear-headed a successful campaign against a plan to develop a giant cruise berth in the harbour, which would have put much of the harbour off-limits for users and would have done serious damage to the unique marine, heritage, and amenity environment of the harbour.

In recent years, Save Our Seafront, with widespread public support, had run a sustained campaign of pressure on the Minister for Transport to fully dissolve the Harbour Company and bring it under local democratic control.

We were delighted when, in September 2018, the Minister finally announced the transfer of the Harbour to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

The Council is currently evaluating the role, the opportunities, and potential that this offers the county.  

Save Our Seafront will be campaigning for the Harbour to be developed as a fully public amenity with a National Watersports Centre, a Diaspora Centre and the recognition of the harbour as a unique national recreational and cultural facility for the public.