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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cruise ship plan divides the locals

Cruise Ship debate in Dun Laoghaire. Joyce Nealon, Dun Laoghaire and Sandra McDonnell, Blackrock.
Cruise Ship debate in Dun Laoghaire. Joyce Nealon, Dun Laoghaire and Sandra McDonnell, Blackrock.
Eileen Clear, Monkstown.
Frankie Tully, Dalkey and Maura Cooney, Killiney.

Along Dun Laoghaire pier on a sunny afternoon, locals are divided about the prospect that jumbo cruise ships could become part of the landscape.

The Herald spoke to people who use the pier often.

"Dun Laoghaire is falling apart. It's dying. The cruise ships will keep the bars and the restaurants busy," Joyce Nealon, from the town, said.

Sandra McDonnell from Blackrock agreed: "It's going to be business for Dun Laoghaire and it will pump a bit of life into the town.

"It will let people all over the world know about what we have in our country."

However Eileen Clear, who lives in nearby Monkstown, is not in favour of the plans.

"The ships they are talking about are huge, they would destroy the harbour," she said.

"Meanwhile, the ferry jetty is sitting there disused and the RNLI lifeboat doesn't have proper facilities."

Frankie Tully, from Dalkey, doesn't believe the addition of the liners would have a positive impact: "It's dead as it is and there is nothing to attract people out here expect the harbour."

Maura Cooney, Killiney, said that the cruise ships which were already docking in the town didn't seem to be having much impact, locally.

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