Fianna Fáil TD, James Browne has travelled to Westminster to meet with the UK Secretary for Transport British MP Chris Grayling, to discuss the future of Rosslare Europort and the uncertainty surrounding its ownership.
Rosslare Europort was established under the Rosslare Fishguard Harbours Company in 1898 by UK statutory instrument and as such only the UK can amend that.
Deputy Browne attended the Parliament with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Robert Troy, and held detailed discussions on the trade links between Ireland and the UK in the context of Brexit.
He explained, “I spoke to Secretary Grayling and senior civil servants about the confusion over the ownership of Rosslare which, it is believed, has acted as a deterrent for development. It’s the State’s second-busiest port and handles 130,000 road freight units a year, the majority of which goes into and out of the United Kingdom – yet there has been a serious lack of investment seen there in recent years.
“Secretary Grayling gave a commitment to investigate the complex nature of its ownership and said he could see no reason why Rosslare and Fishguard cannot be decoupled. I don’t think Britain has any particular economic or political interest in the port, it’s just not on their agenda. It’s only right that the future of the port is secured, and I will continue to liaise with Secretary Grayling on the matter.
“I do find it astounding that it took only one visit from two opposition TDs to get this commitment. It would make me question whether or not Minister Ross made any effort whatsoever to address this matter, even after I raised it directly with him, on numerous occasions both in the Dáil and through Parliamentary Questions”, concluded Deputy Browne.