Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
155. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the developments that have taken place at Dundalk Port, County Louth, since he announced his intention to amalgamate Dundalk Port with Dublin Port; and his plans for future developments at Dundalk Port. [31620/11]
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): All of the functions, assets, staff and liabilities of Dundalk Port Company were transferred to Dublin Port Company on 12 July last. At the time of transfer I stated my hope that commercial activity would continue at the port, but that such decisions were now a matter for Dublin Port Company.
Since the transfer, Dublin Port Company has cut costs at the port, has introduced a redundancy programme and has restructured operations. As part of this re-structuring process and in an effort to ensure continued activity at the port, the Company advertised for expressions of interest to operate the port.
156. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the development of a future ports policy; when he will publish his proposals on this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31621/11]
The ports around our coast are very diverse and the policy needs to take account of this in order to ensure that the ownership and governance structures allow the ports to develop in a manner befitting their individual circumstances.
At this stage, I am fairly clear as to what the questions are in relation to future ports policy. However, the answers require further consideration. It is still my intention to publish a revised policy in the next few months.
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