Local anger at lack of progress on Dune protection

Issued : Wednesday 14 January, 2015

The local branch of the Labour Party on the Donabate/Portrane Peninsula has written to the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council voicing the anger and frustration of local residents at the slow pace of progress on protecting the homes and coastline of the Burrow Portrane.

Local Cllr Duncan Smith shares their concerns “After the storms of Winter 2012 and 2013/14, the urgent need to defend the homes of the Burrow in Portrane became critical. Locals residents constructed makeshift barriers using one tonne sandbags whilst


Smith “In the Summer of 2014, Brendan Ryan TD received confirmation from the Office of Public Works that funding has been ring-fenced for coastal protection works on the beach, subject to planning permission being granted. However, as we stand, planning permission has not even been applied for yet. This is angering local residents who are monitoring weather forecasts and tidal patterns on an ongoing basis for fear of their homes. The local branch of the Labour Party, including members who live in the Burrow, have now added their collective voice of concern to Fingal County Council. We need action and certainty now!”




Extracts from letter to the Chief Executive Paul Reid copied below. 



Coastal Erosion at Portrane Beach


The Donabate Branch of the Labour Party has asked me to express the frustration of the residents of Portrane arising from the delay, now well in excess of two years, in implementing beach protection measures on the beach at Portrane.

 On 22nd October 2012, Hans Visser, Biodiversity Officer, Fingal County Council, reported in a letter that: “There is no immediate threat to any houses on the Burrow, but at the most critical location there are just 17 meters between a house and the eroding dune edge.” 

 espite the fact that the consultants final report, recommending that urgent measures be taken, was issued over a year ago the planning application to An Bord Pleanala has not yet been submitted. There is serious concern in the area that we may have adverse tidal conditions again this winter which will breach the remaining defences and cause serious damage to houses near the beach.

 Can you please say when you expect to be in a position to submit the planning application? Can you also please confirm that if planning permission is granted then funding will be provided by the OPW via the Council?   


Yours sincerely,



Donabate Branch of the Labour Party


Duncan Smith TD

Ireland - Dublin : Dublin Fingal : Swords
Home Address:
Castleview Close,
Co Dublin

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