The control of five of the country's ports is to be transferred to their local authorities, under plans being introduced by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe.
The ports of Dun Laoghaire, Drogheda, Galway, New Ross and Wicklow may now come under council control, under the plans being brought to Cabinet.
At present, the ports are owned by the Government but have independent boards.
Under Mr Donohoe's plans, the ports may be completely integrated with the local authority in some of the cases.
The ports chosen are seen as being of regional significance.
The transfers are in line with the Government's recent reforms in the area of local authority.
Meanwhile, controversial proposals to build a cruise berth at Dun Laoghaire will not be lodged until the end of this month.
The Harbour Company initially expected to have submitted a planning application for the project lwith An Bord Pleanala by last Friday, June 19.
However, a company spokesperson told the Irish Independent that the most likely date for the application to be lodged is now the week of June 29.