Anger as Shane Ross snubs County Council on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen Chris Curran has criticised Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross, after he declined an invitation from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to address the council on the transfer of control of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Councillor Curran accused Minister Ross of ignoring the democratic mandate of the elected councillors.
Speaking this evening Councillor Curran said;
"I'm concerned about the risks and potentially huge liabilities attached to the transfer of control of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to the council.
“The council is already struggling to keep a high service delivery level following several years of cutbacks as well as the civil service recruitment embargo.
“Last month, councillors passed two Sinn Féin motions to invite Minister Ross to address the council on matters relating to his brief as well as acknowledging that central government must take responsibility for any current and/or future risks attached to the transfer of ownership.
“Minister Ross declined the council's invitation for a meeting on the basis that a risk assessment is underway. The minister is out of touch because it's not possible to get the process going as the council are unable to get agreement on confidentiality and non disclosure issues.
“Minister Ross should meet with the council. He needs to take the initiative, get involved and use his influence to move this issue on.
“He cannot and should not take his hands off, do nothing approach to every aspect of his brief.”