Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (515)

Pearse Doherty


515. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has received concerns from the tourism industry regarding the potential negative consequences on the sector owing to the new limits introduced with respect to cruise ship traffic using facilities at Dublin Port; if he has received requests from port authorities for additional funding in order to upgrade and-or expand harbour capacity with the view to accommodating a greater number of cruise ships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39586/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

With regard to the matter of requests from port authorities for additional funding, I wish to clarify that, under the National Ports Policy, no Exchequer funding is provided by my Department to the port companies.  

I am aware of some concerns amongst those working in the cruise tourism sector and related industry relating to planned construction works at Dublin Port, the impact on available cruise berths and potential broader tourism impacts.  I remain in contact with key stakeholders in this regard, including the ports, the tourism agencies and industry representatives, and I have encouraged them to take maximum advantage of other options at other ports during the period of construction at Dublin Port.