Several protests took place last summer to have the fishermen’s rights to the harbour restored, following a €300 million redevelopment of the local harbour for housing and a marine leisure facility.
12 years ago ,work began on the new harbour, which prevented local fishing vessels accessing to their moorings, but they say commitments were given that that berths would again be provided, once the new harbour opened.
Local fishermen say subsequent harbour by-laws drafted by Wicklow County Council officials have effectively excluded fishing boats, by imposing excessively high fees.
At present, they must berth and operate from as far away as Dun Laoghaire.
Independent Councillor Tom Fortune says at this stage the County Council needs to intervene and protect the livelihoods of the fishermen.