Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Ceisteanna (206, 207)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

206. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a trustee elected by the members of the scheme can be vetoed by the council even though the members of the scheme have always elected two trustees in relation to Dún Laoghaire harbour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22184/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

207. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the reason the final accounts for Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company have not yet been submitted to his Department despite this being a requirement of the Harbours Act 2015; the action he will take in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22185/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 and 207 together.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company transferred to Dún Laoghaire County Council late last year in accordance with Sections 28 to 33 of the Harbours Act 2015, which provide, inter alia, for the dissolution of the Port Company and the transfer of assets, liabilities  and rights to the Council. Section 30 of the Act provides that staff of the Port company become employees of the local authority while Section 31 deals specifically with superannuation. Section 31 provides that staff transferred under Section 30, that were members of a superannuation scheme immediately beforehand, continue to be a member of the Scheme in accordance with its terms and conditions in force from time to time. The scheme continues in force as if made by the local authority who in turn have the same powers and functions in relation to the scheme that the dissolved company had immediately prior to its dissolution. In this regard, I understand that the Council is working through the details of the transfer and issues arising that need to be resolved before the final accounts can be completed.

Notwithstanding the transfer of the Harbour Company to the local authority, central Government responsibility for ports policy and associated issues, which remain a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.