Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today stressed the importance of preserving the development of Dublin Port as an asset of strategic national infrastructure. The group was responding to a vote last night by Dublin City Council which sought to further broaden the development zoning of the port lands.
Commenting on the Council's vote Ibec CEO Danny McCoy stated: “Dublin Port is an infrastructure asset of national strategic importance and it is vital that its development is preserved for the primary purpose of facilitating Ireland's trading sector. Brexit is bringing considerable uncertainty to Ireland's future trading relationship with the U.K. which may result in changes to customs procedures, requiring new infrastructure investment at our ports. It is vital that we don't add to this uncertainty by planning changes that restrict the future development of our ports.
“Dublin Port has considerably less space zoned for anticipated future expansion than most other major European seaports. Expansion through reclamation of seabed is not an option. The lands that are currently set aside by the Port for future expansion are therefore not under-used and should not be reallocated for non-strategic purposes for which other brownfield locations would be equally suitable.
“Ibec supports the development of additional capacity for the media and the film sectors but this should not come at the expense of future investment in our ports. It is necessary from a wider economic and business perspective that Dublin Port maintains full autonomy over decisions relating to the future development of its lands. In addition, Dublin City Council should assist investors in media and film sectors to locate alternative and more suitable sites within the city.”