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All change: Cruise ships on the way to Dublin Port

A new €200 million plan to redevelop part of Dublin Port will see changes in the types of ships in the city.

A NEW €200 million plan to redevelop part of Dublin Port will see cruise ships and giant freight ships berth in the city

The Dublin Port Company has lodged its application for the huge redevelopment of the Alexandra Basin area. The project, which will take more than five years, would see almost half of all the berths at Dublin Port lengthened and deepened.

The Liffey Channel, a 10km stretch from Dublin Bay to the East Link Bridge, would also be dredged and deepened to allow for larger vessels to get through, including ferry and cruise ships.

Around 200 construction jobs would be created during the redevelopment, with additional jobs being created afterwards as a result in the growth in volume at the port.

The Dublin Port Company emphasised that it already has the €200 million needed to fund the project.

Chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly said the project would “futureproof” Dublin Port, “catering for larger-sized vessels and increased trade volumes as Ireland returns to economic growth”.

Submissions and observations on the application can be made to An Bord Pleanála by 7 May.

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