Senator Calls for Safety Audit After Dun Laoghaire Coal Harbour Tragedy

Senator Victor Boyhan, a former director of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, has thanked the Gardaí, Coast Guard, the RNLI and Dun Laoghaire Harbour personnel who undertook large-scale rescue operation in the Coal Harbour yesterday.

A car and its occupant went off the edge of the quay and into the water early yesterday morning, according to local reports.

“My thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this tragic and sad time.”

“I am calling for a total safety audit and review of the vehicular access points and slipways to the water within the harbour, the audit may identify some points where it may be necessary on public health and safety grounds to erect bollards to prevent an incident like this from reoccurring again.”

Senator Boyhan said lesson had to be learnt from the Buncrana Pier tragedy.

“Last year a car sank within 10 minutes of it sliding down the slipway at Buncrana Pier in Donegal drowning a number of people.”

“Lessons must be learnt from such tragedies – access to all slipways must have bollards or gateways in place when not in official use.”

- Senator Victor Boyhan, 2nd June 2017