The ports of Waterford and Rosslare are to combine forces, and position themselves as an alternative to Dublin Port.
The two ports have jointly contributed to the National Planning Framework, a document which will guide national planning for the next two decades.
In their submission, the southeast ports present themselves as counterpoints to help ease congestion in the greater Dublin area while also being part of the Irish response to Britain’s EU exit.
Frank Ronan, CEO of the Port of Waterford, says it’s good to see Waterford getting attention in the National Planning Framework.
“We are committed to continuing to be proactive in supporting economic development in Ireland. Exports and imports are the lifeblood of our economy and it is vital that we plan and invest now to future-proof our ports and ensure that our island economy can continue to perform strongly. The National Planning Framework will be hugely important in how Ireland grows to 2040 and the southeast ports have a vital role to play.”
He says the Ports of Waterford and Rosslare will compete on some issues and co operate on others.