Written Answers. - Dublin Harbour Works.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

117 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for the Marine whether there is an outstanding harbour works order application by Dublin Port and Docks Board for reclamation in the bay; whether he has received objections to these proposals; if so, whether he has turned these proposals down; and if not, if he will outline his intentions regarding the future processing of this application.

The Dublin Port and Docks Board in December, 1987, submitted an application to my Department for a Harbour Works Order to reclaim 21 hectares of land east of the former Sealink Terminal. A large number of objections to the proposal were received.

In January, 1990, the Board asked my predecessor to defer making any decision on the Harbour Works Order application pending further consideration of their proposal by the Board, including the completion of discussions with local community groups. The outcome of that process is expected shortly.

If the Harbour Works Order proposal is resubmitted to me for consideration I will, of course, consider all aspects of the matter before coming to any decision on the application.