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Dún Laoghaire Harbour transfers to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been advised by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has determined that the date of the transfer of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council shall be the 3 October 2018. This means that on that date the Council will assume full responsibility for the management and operation of the harbour. The decision was made in accordance with the Harbours Act 2015. There will be no interruption in service delivery from the harbour as staff and contracts all transfer directly.

The 200 year old harbour has a long and distinguished history and is one of the finest man-made harbours in the world. It is an integral part of Dún Laoghaire and gives the town its unique sense of place. The Chief Executive and Elected Members are all committed to maintaining and upgrading public access to this remarkable amentity and will work to maintain the medium to long-term sustainability of the Harbour in conjunction with all existing and future stakeholders while managing its existing infrastructural deficits.

The Council will ensure that Dún Laoghaire Harbour continues to be recognised as a location of choice for marine and leisure activities as well as a destination of choice for visitors.

Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Philomena Poole commented "The transfer of management of the Harbour is a significant moment for this Local Authority. While it is very disappointing and will present challenges to the council that no funding has been made available to resolve the infrastructure issues we will work with stakeholders to safeguard a positive, vibrant future for the Harbour and maximise on it's heritage and economic potential.”