Statement

in response to Port of Cork Company’s continued effort to Land-Grab

SPIN, TRUTH & SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR

In their statement on 10th May the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) said they welcome and actively encourage the local community to continue to enjoy the Deepwater Quay.

THAT IS SPIN

The reality is that PoCC’s application to Cork Circuit Court is proceeding, where they are asking for, and we quote directly from the official papers:

“A declaration that there is no public Right of Way in existence over Deep Water Quay, Cobh in the County of Cork”

THAT IS THE TRUTH

Over the last 6 years there has been countless instances of bullying and intimidation by PoCC staff / agents against local people, including senior citizens and people with obvious and serious disabilities.

We believe that, only for our constant presence, there would now be serious restrictions on access to Deepwater Quay – it would, in effect, be privatised.

Their SPIN is designed to deceive the public and hide their real intent.

Are the PoCC now seeking to usurp the role of the Court by having their case presented in ‘the Court of social media’? PoCC is a state body, this is bizarre behaviour, seeking to circumvent the jurisdiction of the Court to deal with their complaints.

With their statement, PoCC is also seeking to influence the Local Elections, by undermining the candidates who we have backed on this very issue. Such intervention, by a fully owned state company, is entirely improper conduct on their part – but we are not surprised.

We have seen copies of correspondence between Cork County Council and the Port of Cork Company, where they openly discuss the suitability of the Five Foot Way as the location for a 2nd Cruise Terminal, we have seen their statement inviting “expressions of interest” from investors to fund the building of a dedicated Cruise Terminal on Deepwater Quay.

The TRUTH is that PoCC are trying to land-grab, for their own commercial advantage, a Right of Way which has existed since the early 1800’s.

The Port of Cork has charged that the public were trespassing on Deepwater Quay, how can you trespass on land to which there is a traditional public Right of Way?

THAT IS SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR

Signed by: Diarmuid Cahill
SAVE COBH’S RIGHT OF WAY
download a .PDF image of the statement here.