Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
298. Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Transport if he will make a statement on a planning application (details supplied) in County Louth; and if it is aligned to the National Spatial Strategy. [25202/07]
Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): In 2005/2006 my Department commissioned a unitised port capacity study. Seven ports around the country made submissions as part of that study, including one from Greenore Port. In its submission Greenore Port outlined a proposal to develop the port, including a new quay. Decisions regarding the progress of the proposal are a commercial matter for Greenore Port.
The capacity study concluded that all the proposals made were generally consistent with the objectives of the National Spatial Strategy. All the proposals are located in or close to the five main gateways and six of the seven are outside Dublin city. In the case of Greenore, it is located close to the gateway town of Dundalk.
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