Dún Laoghaire town centre is at crisis point. There are over 100 empty shops in the town, which is contributing to the feeling of being in a ghost town. The council is hell-bent on creating high-rise, high profile monuments to their own egos on the sea-front, thereby diverting funds, which could be more equally shared throughout the whole town. A town needs an actual commercial centre to be viable. Turning Dún Laoghaire into a Sunday destination will not sustain the town in the long-term.
Last January the council finally agreed to progress the proposals for a public swimming amenity at Dun Laoghaire Baths. But in May, when it came to agreeing the spending programme for the next 4 years, the manager proposed to allocate only €1.5m for the baths. Meanwhile, the Manager also proposed, to spend a €35 million on building a new library headquarters on Moran’s Park.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has proposed a €250 million redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Incredibly, the plan includes proposals for 300 multi-storey apartments. Clearly, the Harbour Company have not noticed that speculative property development caused the current economic crash. With hundreds of thousands of empty properties and ghost estates across the country the harbour company’s plan for more apartments is totally unacceptable and repeats all the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger era.
Loughlinstown Leisure centre will soon get a revamped sports complex, including the construction of a new 25 metre swimming pool. The Council have assured local residents that the new swimming pool will be accessible and available on a pay by use basis. It will be a huge boost for the County and particularly for people who live close by.
We will campaign to ensure that the new complex is open for the use of all to enjoy. Construction is due to start in September.
Dun Laoghaire town centre is dying on its feet. In August we saw two more businesses close down to add to the dozens that have closed over the last year. The council recently published the Dun Laoghaire Town Retail Report, which acknowledged the problems facing shops and businesses in the town, but it fails to address the issue of rates and parking in the town.
Since being elected to the Dáil, Richard Boyd Barrett and other TD’s from the United Left Alliance have continued to battle on behalf of ordinary people against unjust cuts, the bank bail-out and the EU-IMF deal.