Varadkar stresses the importance of Rosslare Harbour
THE IMPORTANCE of Rosslare as a national port, was highlighted by the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar during a visit to Wexford.
The Minister was a guest of honour at a Wexford Chamber opera lunch in the Talbot Hotel.
Over 40 people from tourism and port related businesses joined chamber president Fleur Creed in welcoming the Minister to Wexford.
Deputy Varadkar congratulated the town on its great cultural contribution to Irish tourism.
During his address he said the Department of Transport has tendered for consultants to carry out a strategic review of Rosslare Europort which is currently part of Irish Rail.
Minister Varadkar said Rosslare is second only to Dublin in terms of passenger services in and out of Ireland and is considered to be a port of national significance.
Afterwards, the General Manager of Rosslare Europort John Lynch said he welcomed the Minister's comments.
'I was delighted to hear him announce that the new Ports Policy Statement would designate Rosslare as a port of national significance.'
' This is a welcome recognition of Rosslare's importance to the national as well as the regional economy,' he said.
'Rosslare Eurport handles more unitised freight than all other ports put together, except Dublin,' he added.
The Chamber president, Mr. Creed said good infrastrucure is an integral part of Wexford's future growth and promised road improvements in and out of the port are essential.