No balanced regional development in Port announcements – Murphy

ROSSLARE EUROPORT Pic; WexfordToday.com

Following announcements on Friday in relation to Rosslare Europort and Dublin Port, Wexford’s Independent TD, Verona Murphy has said this morning:

“As a new TD for Wexford who has committed to fighting hard for the development of Rosslare Europort, I welcome the further confirmation, as announced in February, of a €30 million investment from Iarnrod Eireann into the port. The port has been neglected for 30 years now and the commitment from the Port Authority is a step forward. Rosslare Europort has the potential land, capacity and connectivity with mainland Europe to be the primary port for our Country”

Ms. Murphy continued:

“however the decision announced yesterday by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the next phase of Dublin Ports €320million masterplan to proceed beggar’s belief. This masterplan for Dublin Port is a clear snub to the potential growth of Rosslare and the government’s commitment to Rosslare Port. This €320 million investment will consolidate Dublin Ports monopoly on our Island, marginalising regional ports in the process. The decision ignores the reality of Brexit. The further development of Dublin Port will put a huge strain on the local infrastructure adversely impacting the lives of those living and working in Dublin docklands and its environs. One must question where the logic in that is and where is the Green Party’s commitment to the people of Dublin and Ireland.”

Reducing pollution and congestion in cities is a stated aim of the Green Party. Hopefully they will demonstrate that they are serious about this aim, by actions rather than words. Proper investment in Rosslare Europort instead of Dublin Port would help provide evidence that the Green Party are serious about their aims. Rosslare’s redevelopment plan at €30 million in comparison to €320 investment planned for Dublin Port certainly does not show balanced regional development. The €30 million investment into Rosslare Port is a commitment from Iarnrod Eireann which has been in the public domain now for 4 months. This is not a government investment and cannot be misunderstood as any form of government investment into Rosslare.

Deputy Murphy concluded:

“There has been no detailed commitment to Rosslare Europort in the new program for government, I will continue to shout loudly for a game changing development for Rosslare Europort. I welcome comment from fellow Wexford TDs regarding their understanding of Regional development in particular in this instance, for Rosslare Europort.

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