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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (192)

Darren O'Rourke


192. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Transport the works contained in respect of the completion of investments at Dublin Port, the Port of Cork and Shannon Foynes Port as contained in the National Development Plan; the funding allocated to such works; and the years that this investment is to be delivered upon in tabular form. [61533/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

In line with National Ports Policy, State-owned commercial ports operate without any State financial support and derives all their income from commercial operations. Additionally, all capital expenditure projects must be funded without recourse to the Exchequer. Therefore all investment outlined in the table below is non-Exchequer spend. However, the ports are in receipt of funding under the Connecting Europe Facility for these projects as they are on the Ten-T network.




Delivery Date

Port of Cork

Ringaskiddy Redevelopment

The development at Ringaskiddy will see the port over time relocate its business from the current city centre Tivoli location and the City Quays to a new facility at Ringaskiddy. It will enable the Company to future proof the Port as an international gateway for trade and will allow it to continue to meet the needs of its customers and the economic developmental needs locally and at regional and national level.

The development is estimated to cost over €86 million including €50 million infrastructure and €18 million superstructure (cranes/straddle carriers).

The construction work is complete with commissioning works currently underway. Facility to be operational in the first half of 2022.


Dublin Port


A review of the port's Masterplan was published in 2018. As a result of that review, Dublin Port Company is now projecting a spend of some €1.6bn over the period 2010 - 2040. This covers the three Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) projects: (1) Alexander Basin Redevelopment (ABR), (2) Masterplan 2 (MP2) and (3) the Third & Final Masterplan project (3FM) needed to deliver the full vision of the Masterplan.

Dublin Port


Alexandra Basin Redevelopment

Construction on the ABR project is underway.

In addition to providing additional cargo handling capacity, the ABR Project contributes to the future proofing of port facilities through the accommodation of larger sized vessels both in terms of length and draft of vessels.

The developments include the deepening and extension of existing quay walls, the provision of a new 250 metres long Ro-Ro jetty together with two new Ro-Ro berths within the inner basin, infill of the basin at berths 52/53, the construction of a new river berth and dredging of the navigational channel to a depth of 10m below chart datum.

Construction works will be largely complete by 2026 with the exception of completion of the dredging Programme.


Dublin Port

- MP2

In July 2020, An Bord Pleanála granted a 15 year planning permission for the MP2 Project, the second of the three SIDs required to deliver Masterplan 2040.

This permission will allow the construction of two berths with an overall length of 545m for Lo-Lo container ships and two berths with a combined length of 572m for Ro-Ro ferries. The project will include the redevelopment of one of the existing oil jetties to provide an additional berth for container ships as and when the demand for fossil fuels permanently reduces in response to national climate change policies.

Works envisaged under the MP2 Project are currently being planned and construction on the first elements is expected to commence in 2022. Project completion is estimated at 2030.


Dublin Port

- 3FM

The 3FM Project is the third and final strategic infrastructure development project to be brought forward under the Masterplan. This project provides for the redevelopment of port lands and facilities on the Poolbeg Peninsula. The project is at the pre-planning phase and it is intended to lodge a planning application with An Bord Pleanála in early 2023.


Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC)

Capacity Extension Works

SFPC's Infrastructure Development Programme (overall programme costed at c. €50m over seven years) is well underway. The investment programme will improve international connectivity through the construction of new quays walls and associated port infrastructure.

The first part of the Jetty expansion programme has been completed. The next part will comprising the projects below:-

Joining of the East and West jetty:Once foreshore consents are in place, it is envisaged the main works will commence in Q1 2022. Reclamation of intertidal mudflats:The procurement process for the main works contractors is underway. It is envisaged construction will commence in Q2 2022.

All projects are expected to be completed by end 2023.

Q4 2023

Question No. 193 answered with Question No. 177.