Written Answers. - Dublin Port Development.

Ivor Callely

Ceist:

44 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for the Marine the proposals, if any, for the development of Dublin port for bulk, unitised and passenger facilities; the total allocation from Structural Funds for such development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Work is under way in the Department preparing for the continuation of EU aid for development works at the commercial seaports, including Dublin Port. The aim of our overall strategy will be to ensure that our seaports have the capacity and quality of infrastructure to meet the trading conditions of the 21st century. To achieve this a comprehensive port development programme, in respect of the years 1994 to 1999, is included in the national Development Plan.

The provision of a freight Ro-Ro facility at the North Quay extension, Dublin Port, at a total estimated cost of £5.5 million, has just been approved by the EU for Cohesion Fund aid at the rate of 65 per cent of project cost. A Lo-Lo terminal enhancement project at a total estimated cost of £9 million has been submitted to the EU for consideration for Cohesion Fund aid. The EU's decision on this is expected during the second quarter of 1994. This investment is in addition to an EU-assisted investment of £22 million in the provision of bulk and unitised facilities at Dublin Port under the Operational Programme on Peripherality, 1989-1993, which programme is now virtually complete.

Finally, I should mention that Dublin Port and Docks Board has submitted a comprehensive port development programme, at a toal cost of £54 million, for consideration for EU aid under theNational Development Plan, 1994-1999. The Department's consideration of the submission will be completed as speedily as possible and Dublin Port and Docks Board will then be notified of its proposed Structural Fund allocation.