Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (75)

Éamon Ó Cuív


75. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason it is more appropriate for responsibility for Galway Port to transfer to the local authority rather than its present structure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29110/19]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Transport)

Galway Harbour Company, as a Port of Regional Significance, is designated under National Ports Policy 2013 to transfer to local authority control.

The transfer process has been on-going for a number of years and the due diligence process is moving towards completion.

National Ports Policy recognises that the five Ports of Regional Significance, which collectively represent less than 4% of total market share, retain important roles as facilitators of their regional economies and, in some instances, as centres of marine-related amenity and tourism activities. However, the scale and nature of these activities are not such as to warrant continued central Government involvement.