Tuesday 12 December 2017

€230m scheme for harbour launched

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A HARBOUR company plans to spend €230m over the next 15 years building a port for cruise ships and a museum devoted to the story of emigration.

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan, published yesterday, aims to create 1,000 full-time jobs, with hopes that Irish people abroad will help fund an International Diaspora Centre which will cost €15m.

But the proposal also suggests apartments will have to be built in the harbour to help finance the project, despite opposition to similar plans in 2007.

While the number of units has not been decided, the harbour company said any apartments would be built on private land.

The plan goes on public display this weekend at the terminal building. Harbour company chief executive Gerry Dunne said: "The masterplan will involve investment of more than €230m over the next 10-15 years and will result in 1000 sustainable jobs in areas such as tourism, marine service companies, select retail, and food & beverage."

The plan also includes proposals for new slipways and a new public marina.

Irish Independent

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