Fingal Independent

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Port plans may leave Balbriggan 'in shadows'

News of the mega port were exclusively revealed in the Fingal Independent last September with it emerging that 'a footprint larger than the town of Balbriggan and a development at least equal to or bigger than Dublin Airport' was being considered.

Cllr Larry Dunne raised the issue at the October meeting of the Balbriggan Town Council of his concerns of the 'substantial amendment' to the scale and scope of the proposed facility. He enquired to what information Fingal County Council have in relation to any proposed alteration to the plan.

Councillors were informed that officials from both Fingal and Meath County Council had recently met representatives from Bremore Port Ireland consortium.

This meeting was to assess the current position with regard to the development of a proposed port facility. The consortium has held two consultations with An Bord Pleanala under the provisions of the Strategic Infrastructure Act 2006.

They are awaiting a determination under this act regarding what aspects of the proposed port would be considered strategic infrastructure.

Bremore Port Ireland are currently engaged with their consultants in the preparation of the various required landside and marine side studies relating the development of a port facility.

It is understood that they are considering an ultimate capacity of 50 million tonnes per year for the facility. Dublin Port currently has a capacity of just 30 million tonnes.

The masterplanning of a port facility is an ongoing changing process depending on the outcome of various studies, as such, will not be finalised for some time to come.