Greystones Harbour Commercial Fishing Poll: Where Do You Stand?

2It’s great to see that people are still taking part in the poll. While it is still alive the results out of 373 responses are as follows: 86.60% say that commercial fishing should be permitted at Greystones Harbour, with 6.43% saying that commercial fishing should not be permitted at Greystones Harbour. 6.97% say that either way they don’t mind. 373 responses is a small fraction of the people in our community.

10559812_276330832572004_8283530370939115864_n (1)Nevertheless, online polls like this are a free, efficient and direct way of consulting the public. Hopefully our councillors will use similar polls in the future. I will post all comments on my website shortly. If you would still like to take part in the poll click here.



Founded as a fishing port, Greystones must remain one..

9/2/2014 9:51 AM

Greystones was founded as a fishing port. It has always been one since. No way can private, vested interests be permitted to grab this resource and amenity for itself.

8/30/2014 5:30 PM

Does Derek Mitchell want his name always remembered as the man who was responsible for trying to snuff out the tradition that started the Village of Greystones? He should be encouraging these young men to continue the continuity of fishing from Greystones. We certainly have enough local restaurants who would love fresh fish daily.

8/29/2014 6:44 PM

fishermen are a part of greystones harbour, snobs are not wanted

8/26/2014 5:53 PM

Derek Mitchell you have what you wanted now stop demanding more

8/18/2014 8:19 PM

I think it is a disgrace

8/18/2014 4:13 PM

Fishing vessels would bring life and vitality to the town

8/18/2014 3:38 PM

greystones harbour was a fishing harbour before it was rebuilt and should be again

8/18/2014 11:58 AM

It was always used for fishing

8/17/2014 9:16 AM

A fishing village is more interesting to tourists than the concrete eyesore the harbour is now

8/17/2014 7:03 AM

it should be promoted not just permitted

8/17/2014 2:56 AM

It’s a harbour town and nothing nicer to than to see fishermen bringing in their catch, great for visitors , there’s nothing much else in Greystones worth taking a look at, it’s not as if it’s overrun with tourist attractions, let these fishermen in, their honest hard working people who pay a fortune in taxes and licence fees, they deserve to be treated better !!!

8/17/2014 1:21 AM

It is for all to use, and enjoy!!!!

8/17/2014 12:11 AM

Important for some peoples’ incomes and a part of Greystones heritage as it started out a fishing village.

8/17/2014 12:05 AM

Without tradition we are all the same, just bland

8/16/2014 11:59 PM

Derek Mitchell to resign. Fishermen for harbour and council

8/16/2014 9:20 PM

100% yes

8/16/2014 8:11 PM


8/16/2014 7:48 PM


8/16/2014 6:51 PM

Fishermen’have every right to be there. We’ve destroyed the old atmosphere… it’s time to put some back

8/16/2014 5:42 PM

i wonder what that would look like from Windgates?

8/16/2014 4:52 PM


8/16/2014 1:02 PM

We have always been a fishing town. This should not be changed.

8/16/2014 11:56 AM

id prefer they finish the thing first. Funny how all work seemed to stop once the elections were over.

8/16/2014 11:36 AM

i think that what was a fishing harbour should have such an attiude is scandalus

8/16/2014 11:32 

up to a.point yes but that should have been factored into the design as what is there is more a marina and it is had to have fishing boats rock up to a marina.

8/16/2014 10:31 AM

It was there in the past, why not now?

8/16/2014 10:24 AM

permitted and encouraged, it’s part of the heritage of the town.

8/16/2014 9:41 AM

As long as it doesn’t interfere with local access for people

8/16/2014 9:29 AM

The sea is overfished as it is !

8/16/2014 8:05 AM

The fishermen shpu;d also be able to sell their catch to the public, howevver, in the interest of public hygene etc. meassures should be in place to insure that there is no trays with fish/crabs etc. are left in or around the harbour.

8/15/2014 11:31 PM

Hard working men deserve to make a living

8/15/2014 11:07 PM

Yrs but should be restricted to a certain number of fishermen

8/15/2014 11:03 PM

my family were fishermen in greystones

8/15/2014 11:02 PM

Why take the people’s livelihood away from those who had it there before the building of the harbour ?

8/15/2014 10:43 PM

Greystones harbour always was used for commercial fishing and the new harbour should not stop this!

8/15/2014 10:31 PM

They should have to keep the place clean and free from filth and dirt

8/15/2014 10:28 PM

Most definitely YES!!! Greystones is NOT just for those with Yachts !!!

8/15/2014 9:31 PM

It’s part of the heritage of the town

8/15/2014 7:37 PM

8/15/2014 7:35 PM

If it is possible to limit it to locals that were there before and maybe a few more

8/15/2014 7:32 PM

Greystones has always been a fishing village and we have already lost our beatiful harbour, lets not lose our heritage aswel

8/15/2014 7:22 PM

during select times as this can be damaging to peoples boats it is an actuve harbour after all. thousands of metres of shore to fish on

8/15/2014 7:22 PM

always been a fishing Harbour

8/15/2014 6:49 PM

A harbour without fishing is a disgrace and all to suit blatant snobbery!

8/15/2014 6:23 PM

Greystones always was a FISHING village!

8/15/2014 6:14 PM

Bring trade and jobs to the harbour

8/15/2014 5:55 PM

I think this is vital for the harbour to survive, they could sell product to all the local restaraunts.

8/15/2014 5:43 PM

As long as it doesn’t effect the community enjoying the harbour that they helped fund

8/15/2014 5:36 PM

At least 300 years of fishing in Greystones

8/15/2014 5:28 PM

Its is, as you say, Greystones Harbour NOT Marina

8/15/2014 5:23 PM

we are a fishing town,we should be able to the catch local

8/15/2014 5:01 PM

there should be a representative for the fishermen on the harbour committee if there is such a thing. i would love to see fishermen back in the harbour but there needs to be balance/guidelines put in place so all parties benifit

8/15/2014 4:47 PM

It always was a fishing harbour and should continue to be one.

8/15/2014 4:40 PM

always was a fishing and swimming area.

8/15/2014 4:32 PM

Commercial fishing is part of the heritage of Greystones.From ‘The Grey Stones’ by Samuel French 1964: In the “Topographia Hibernica” of 1795 it is stated that “Greystones is a noted fishing village four miles beyond Bray..The herrings first brought into Dublin are usually taken by the fishing boats of this place”. In 1801 Robert Fraser writes, “At Greystones I found a fine natural harbour and an excellent roadstead (i.e. between Bray Head and Greystones at a distance of half a mile from the shore) for ships of any burden from fishing vessels to the largest frequenting the seas”. Wright’s Guide to Wicklow 1834 speaks of Greystones as a small fishing hamlet with a preventive water guard stationed there (located at Blacklion) and seven families residing in the place, all employed fishing.’ Take away the fishing and one has taken away the heart of the town. It is part of what we are.

8/15/2014 4:23 PM

it is not a private harbour and should not be treated as one.

8/15/2014 4:19 PM

Greystones has a long tradition as a fishing village

8/15/2014 4:06 PM

Greystones was and should still be a fishing village

8/15/2014 3:52 PM

Local fishermen should of course be able to use the harbour. I’m not well versed in the issues

8/15/2014 3:49 PM

Greystones started as a fishing village so it should continue as one. Adding a marina should not mean losing the fishing. Since the harbour has been compared to kinsale then I don’t actually see how Greystones tourism can be destroyed or damaged by the one thing that made Greystones Greystones.

8/15/2014 3:49 PM

because thats what’s ‘normal’ in a harbour in ireland!

8/15/2014 3:41 PM

It’s a harbour. Don’t deny the harbour its purpose! The people of Greystones eat plenty of fish, it’s pure nonsense this idea of stopping fisherman from using the harbour

8/15/2014 3:41 PM

Not just permitted, it should be a priority.

8/15/2014 3:38 PM

it’s a fishing village

8/15/2014 3:21 PM

for a limited number of boats

8/15/2014 3:19 PM

No fishing in the harbour…are you mad ? The people will not stand for this.

8/15/2014 3:17 PM