18th October

Future governance of historic harbour returns to public control

Control of the 200 year-old harbour of Dún Laoghaire is to return to the democratic control of the local authority. At a special meeting (March 6), Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council voted 24:9 in favour of a motion passed by Cllr Melisa Halpin to support the chief executive’s recommendation.

Dun Laoghaire

The vote took place in the context of a risk assessment report that estimates a cost of €31.5m will be needed to bring the harbour up to ‘Taking in Charge’ standard.

Read more: Future governance of historic harbour returns to public control

New arrivals at Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal

Plans are underway to transform the old ferry terminal into a Harbour Innovation Campus — state-of-the-art centre for technology, marine and design businesses that could support up to 1,000 jobs.

DL St Michaels Wharf

The former Ferry Terminal on St. Michael’s Pier was built in 1996 to replace an earlier 1960’s building. It was specifically designed to handle up to 750 foot-passengers at any one time and included everything one would expect of a busy passenger terminal: a duty-free shop, arrivals hall, departures lounge and baggage hall.

Read more: New arrivals at Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal

Roadmap to develop Ireland’s first marine spatial plan

A three-year process to create a ‘coherent framework’ for Ireland’s marine space in an ‘efficient and sustainable’ manner, aims to balance differing stakeholder demands while protecting the marine environment, according to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

GSI inshore boats

Geological Survey Ireland INFOMAR vessels. Seabed mapping is integral to developing Ireland's MSP 

Towards a Marine Spatial Plan for Ireland is intended to become a ‘decision-making tool’ for regulatory authorities and policy-makers on issues relating to individual consent applications and informing future sectoral policies and objectives.

Read more: Roadmap to develop Ireland’s first marine spatial plan

Future governance of Dún Laoghaire Harbour required before redevelopment decision

Proposed development plans for the old ferry terminal at St Michael’s Pier, Dún Laoghaire Co Dublin, require “detailed scrutiny” according to a former director of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

The Harbour Innovation Campus vision, brainchild of Dublin-based businessman Philip Gannon, comprises a shared innovation space for technology, marine and design business, and could support up to 1,000 jobs, according the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.

DL St Michaels Wharf

The main hall of the old ferry terminal on St Michael's Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Senator Victor Boyhan however highlights acceptability, viability and sustainability, as concerns he will outline in a submission to the planning authority.

Read more: Future governance of Dún Laoghaire Harbour required before redevelopment decision

‘Floating homes’ proposal for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is proposing to develop a cluster of floating homes,  it describes as ‘an exciting, innovative and affordable-living initiative’, at a cost of €250,000-€300,000 per unit.

DLHC floating homes

The development on a gated pontoon is planned on the weather side of Traders’ Wharf, ‘with views of the west pier, Dublin Bay and the marina in the harbour’.

Read more: ‘Floating homes’ proposal for Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Cross-border ferry service links Ireland north and south

A one mile ferry journey across Carlingford Lough is being heralded as a major tourism boost for the north-east region of Ireland.Carlingford ferry

The 20-minute transit, saving passengers almost 35 miles and up to 90 minutes by road, connects the Mourne Coastal Route in the Ancient Kingdom of Mourne to the Carlingrford & Cooley Peninsula through a gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East.

Read more: Cross-border ferry service links Ireland north and south

Spread the News