Revamp of harbour to rival city port
Published 01/12/2010 | 05:00
The redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire harbour is being planned to make it rival Dublin city centre as a dock for visiting cruise ships.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Harbour Company, along with the local council, wants multimillion euro construction works at the harbour to be fast-tracked in order to bring more tourists -- and money -- to the area.
"The project envisages that the very largest 'next generation' cruise ships will be able to dock within the harbour," documents state.
Officials are hoping to push forward the project "as a priority" and are seeking expert external advisors to prepare a business case to determine its commercial viability.
They want an assessment of the economic value of the plans, which they hope will place Dun Laoghaire as a "high calibre" port-of-call for cruise ships.
It is expected there would be some local objections to the ambitious plan which would see extensive dredging in the harbour to cater for the huge ships, as well as the construction of new facilities on the shore.
Over 80,000 cruise ship passengers are expected to visit our capital by the end of this year, bringing in an estimated €50m in revenue.
Earlier this year Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company sought tenders for firms to design, build, operate and maintain an ice skating and roller-skating rink and a children's playground or outdoor adventure area in the harbour area.
They declined to comment on any of the plans last night.