Sunday 22 September 2019

Reduction in slots for cruise ships at port to have 'devastating effect'

 

Dockings make up over 3pc of overseas visitors to Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Dockings make up over 3pc of overseas visitors to Dublin. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Jane Last

Jane Last

The curtailing of cruise ships in and out of Dublin Port due to Brexit will have a devastating effect on tourism.

The warning comes as the chief executive of Dublin Port, Eamonn O'Reilly, confirmed that an increase in freight volumes and the need to create space would mean fewer slots for cruise ships would be available.

Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy said this affects not only Dublin port, but also Cork and Cobh. Many tourists coming on cruise ships use the opportunity to venture farther afield to cities such as Belfast or Waterford.

"While I accept that cruise ships only make up a small number of dockings at Dublin Port, they make up a significant chunk of tourism, over 3pc of the total overseas visitors to Dublin annually," Mr Troy said.

Irish Independent

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