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Public Consultation to Open on Plans for New Cruise Berth Facility for Dun Laoghaire Harbour

PRESS RELEASE

 Thursday, 26th March 2015

Public Consultation to Open on Plans for New Cruise Berth Facility for Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Members of the public and harbour stakeholders are being invited by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to submit their views on plans for the development of a new cruise berth facility for large cruise ships in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The two week public consultation process will open next Monday (30.03.2015) and is being launched in advance of an expected planning application to An Board Pleanala for the project. The planning application will be made by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company on behalf of the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group.

The cruise industry is an important and growing sector of the tourism market.  Cruise ships are getting bigger in size, offering more facilities to passengers, but requiring deeper water and longer berths to accommodate them.  Over 50% of new ships currently on order are over 300m in length. At present Cobh is the only port in Ireland that can accommodate these vessels. If facilities are not put in place, Ireland risks losing out on the expanding cruise tourism market.

Under the Planning and Development Acts, the cruise berth facility is regarded as strategic infrastructure and the planning application must therefore be made to An Bord Pleanala.  It is expected that a finalised planning application and Environmental Impact Statement will go to An Bord Pleanala the end of April / early May 2015.  Responses from the public and stakeholders during the consultation process will be taken into account when finalising the application to An Bord Pleanala. When the final application goes to An Bord Pleanala, observations and submissions may be made by members of the public and certain statutory bodies.

Speaking in relation to the launch of the consultation process, Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company said: “The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan, published in 2011, identified the need to develop strategies to ensure the long term future of the harbour, in view of the declining importance of ferry traffic.  Development of cruise business was identified as one of the opportunities to be pursued.  In addition, Dun Laoghaire is designated as a marine tourism port under the Government’s National Ports Policy and the development of the cruise business fits into this framework.

“Dun Laoghaire will have its most successful cruise season ever in 2015, with a total of 22 ships expected, bringing up to 100,000 passengers and crew to the harbour. However the development of the cruise berth facility is essential to allow to build on the success to date and to bring even more vessels and passengers to our town.

“The expansion and development of the cruise business offers significant economic benefits to Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas. These would include expenditure by disembarked passenger and crew; payments to tour operators by cruise companies and purchases by cruise ships from local supplies while in harbour.

“This is a hugely exciting project for Dun Laoghaire and the members of the Cruise Stakeholder Group are anxious to hear the views of the public before finalising our application to An Bord Pleanala.  Full details of the proposals will be available on the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Website from Monday next at www.dlharbour.ie.

Observations or comments can be submitted by email to info@dlharbour.ie or by post to Jean Finnegan, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Harbour Lodge, Crofton Rd, Dun Laoghaire, anytime up to 5pm on Monday, 13th April 2015.

ENDS

Contact: Tony Heffernan / Emily Brennan, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2399508 / 086-1658629.

Note to Editors:

The Dun Laoghaire Stakeholder Group is made up of: Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company; Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council; and the Dun Laoghaire Bid Company.

 

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) confirms that Stena will not resume its ferry service on the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, 4th February

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) confirms that Stena will not resume its ferry service on the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has today confirmed that a Stena seasonal service from Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead will not be resuming.

According to Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company: “While it is disappointing that a service will not be resuming for this forthcoming summer season, the Harbour Company is now seeking alternative providers to operate a seasonal service on the route.

“A call for Expressions of Interest in operating a seasonal service has been issued on eTenders by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, and it is our hope that a replacement passenger service will be in place for 2016.  In recent months, the Harbour Company has received a number of informal approaches to operate the route, and we hope that these inquiries can now be advanced through a competitive tendering process.”

The Prior Information Notice is available here.

The importance of the passenger service business to Dun Laoghaire has declined in the past decade, and in particular over the past five years, where the service has been reduced to a seasonal operation.  By 2014, passenger numbers had declined to 141,652 compared with 1,719,853 passengers in 1998.

Up until recent days, DLHC and Stena have engaged in active discussions on the delivery of a seasonal service.  However, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company understands that Stena was unable to secure a suitable vessel and have now decided not to resume operations on this route.

The Harbour Company has enjoyed a positive working relationship with Stena. In the event that Stena identifies a suitable vessel to meet passenger needs on the route, the Harbour Company would be receptive to any future approach from Stena.

Despite today’s announcement by Stena, job losses in DLHC are not envisaged in the harbour, due to the emergence of new commercial activities including the growing cruise business and the proposed Urban Beach.

It is estimated that Dun Laoghaire will attract 100, 000 cruise passengers and crew in 2015, with similar numbers expected for 2016 and 2017. A planning application under the Strategic Infrastructure Development Act for a new cruise berth for ‘next generation’ cruise ships will be submitted in the coming weeks to An Bord Pleanála.

The growing cruise business will have significant economic spin-off value for Dun Laoghaire and the wider hinterland. It is estimated that the spend of ferry passengers in the greater Dun Laoghaire area was approximately €800k in 2014.  By contrast, it is expected that cruise passengers arriving into Dun Laoghaire this year will spend approximately €7m. This will more than make up for any loss of revenue to the local businesses from ferry passengers.

Meanwhile, the important development projects in our Masterplan continue to be progressed.

A detailed proposal has been submitted to the Government in respect of the International Diaspora Centre, and a decision is awaited.  This world-class visitor attraction can now be accommodated in the Ferry Terminal building, providing a great opportunity to create a new, immediate, and cost-effective use of this 80,000 sq. ft. building.

Gerry Dunne commented: “It makes enormous commercial sense to locate the International Diaspora Centre in the Ferry Terminal Building.  Due to Stena’s decision, this building is available immediately”.

Planning permission for our Urban Beach has been granted by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and is now subject to appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

In the meantime, initial planning for the Residential Development on St Michael’s Pier is underway.  The Harbour Company is determined to have these projects up and running at the earliest possible time. The National Ports Policy, published in 2013 by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2013 said that the long term future of the harbour would be ‘in terms of marine leisure, maritime tourism, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment’.  In light of the Stena decision, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company looks forward to redoubling our efforts with our stakeholders – the local business community, the Minister for Transport and Tourism, and the local County Council – to ensure that the potential of our world-class harbour is fully reached as set out in our Masterplan.

ENDS.

CONTACT:  Catherine Heaney / Emily Brennan, DHR Communications @ 087-2309835 / 086-1658629 / 01-4200580.

New Weekend Parking – Underground Car Park, Ferry Terminal

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company have announced new discounted weekend parking rates for the Underground Car Park at the Ferry Terminal. A new weekend parking rate of €5 per day in the Underground Car Park applies  from the 9th January 2015 .

Parking Area Location:

Underground Car Park

Ferry Terminal

Harbour Rd, Dun Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

GPS Coordinates – 53.294790, -6.133363 https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.295203,-6.1336638,19z

Customers can pay by cash or card in the Parking Machines or by Smartphone App or text via the Parking Tag System (www.parkingtag.ie).

Other great value parking rates within the Harbour include:

  • €4.00 per day in West Harbour
  • €5.00 per day (every day) on the Carlisle Pier
  • €20.00 per week in the Underground Car Park.

Annual Parking Permits are also available for €800. For more information view our parking details.

Happy Christmas!

The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2015. Thank you to everyone who helped to make 2014 a great year, and we look forward to an exciting and prosperous year ahead.

Christmas Operating Hours:

Our website and our Twitter and Facebook profiles will not be updated again until Monday, 5th January.

Over the next two weeks, our opening hours are as follows:

Monday 22nd December: Open

Tuesday 23rd December: Open

Wednesday 24th December: Closed

Wednesday 25th December: Closed

Friday 26th December: Closed

 

Week commencing 29th December:

Monday 29th December: Open

Tuesday 30th December: Open

Wednesday, 31st December: Open

Thursday, 1st January: Closed

Friday, 2nd January: Open

 

Should you need to get in contact with the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, please call: 01-2801018.

 

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Welcomes Planning Permission for Urban Beach Project

Press Release

Tuesday, 2nd December 2014

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company Welcomes Planning Permission for Urban Beach Project

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has welcomed the award of planning permission for its proposal for a floating swimming pool and urban beach at the historic East Pier of the Harbour.  Permission was granted by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in recent days.

The project has been inspired by the popular Badeschiff facility in Berlin, a floating swimming pool on the River Spree.  The plan for Dún Laoghaire Harbour includes a floating swimming pool containing heated and treated seawater, utilising a converted river barge which will be located within the Harbour.  The facility will include an Urban Beach alongside the floating structure, on Berth 1 adjacent to the East Pier. Changing and toilet facilities, a café, an administration area, and security features are also planned.

The Harbour Company estimates that urban beach has the potential to attract 140,000 visitors per anum and to generate over €1 million per annum for the local economy.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company hopes to be in a position to open the facility for the summer season in 2016.

According to Gerry Dunne, CEO of DLHC:  “The granting of planning permission by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is very welcome, and marks a vital step in realising the full potential of the Harbour as a marine, leisure and tourist destination of international calibre.”

“Further to extensive consultation, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company published a very exciting Masterplan in 2011.  The urban beach, coupled with plans for enhanced cruise berthing facilities and the development of a world-class diaspora centre, formed the corner-stone of this plan.  The ambitions for the Harbour are very much in-keeping with the Government’s National Ports Policy to designate Dún Laoghaire as a harbour focusing on marine leisure, marine tourism, and urban development. Therefore, we are delighted to receive planning permission for the beach allows us to follow through on our mandate.”

In recent months, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has had great success in marketing the Harbour as a destination for cruise calls.  In 2015, it is estimated that Dun Laoghaire will attract c100, 000 cruise passengers and crew. A planning application under the Strategic Infrastructure Development Act for a new cruise berth for ‘next generation’ cruise ship is expected to be submitted in the coming weeks to An Bord Pleanála.

ENDS.

Contact:  Emily Brennan, DHR Communications @ 01-4800580 / 086-1658629

Note to Editors:

Further information and images available here.

 

 

Record number of cruise passengers expected in 2015 for Dublin Bay

In 2011, the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group was formed to bring together various stakeholders with an interest in developing cruise business for the greater Dun Laoghaire area . This stakeholder group includes Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District [BID].

The Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dun Laoghaire to tap into this growing market. Dun Laoghaire welcomed two cruise calls in 2012 with 140 passengers onboard. Last year saw 13 cruise vessels use the facilities at Dun Laoghaire, with the highlight of the season being the visits of Cunard’s Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria.

“Since 2012, due to the attractiveness of Dun Laoghaire and its wonderful harbour, the number of cruise bookings has grown exponentially and 2015 will be the most successful year ever for Dun Laoghaire in terms of attracting cruise passengers to the harbour.” , according to Gerry Dunne, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

23 cruise vessels have been confirmed to visit Dun Laoghaire in 2015. The size of these ships is such that they will bring a record 66,867 passengers. With Dublin Port expecting to attract 60,751 cruise passengers, it will be a record year for Dublin Bay. 2015 will be the first year where the number of cruise passengers landing in Dun Laoghaire will exceed those landing in Dublin Port,” Mr. Dunne said.

“The great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port is to work collaboratively to emulate the success of Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015”, Mr. Dunne added. “Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be working with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire’s Business Improvement District to ensure that cruise passengers have a memorable visit to the town and are encouraged to return again, providing a valuable source of business for retail outlets and restaurants, which will deliver a huge economic boost for the town and its hinterland.”

“Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is currently finalising an application to An Bord Pleanala under Strategic Infrastructure Development to build a new €15m cruise berth facility to cater for the “next generation cruise ships”. “The development of the cruise business is a key element of the Dun Laoghaire Habour Masterplan published in 2011 and is consistent with the role set out for the Habour in the government’s National Ports Policy, which sees Dun Laoghaire Harbour developing as a marine leisure and tourist destination of international calibre” Mr. Dunne said.

McManus Appointed to board of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, has announced the appointment of Don McManus to the Board of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. Don McManus – who is Chairperson of Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District (BID) – has previously served terms on the board of the Harbour Company. Don is from Dun Laoghaire, and is Managing Director of his family-owned business which has operated in Dun Laoghaire since 1928. Click here to read more

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Mr. Nixon and the Harbour Company share one thing in common – a passion for Dún Laoghaire Harbour. It is a unique amenity for the people of Dún Laoghaire, for the City and County of Dublin and for the nation. Since its construction almost 200 years ago, it has served and continues to serve an evolving community of interests. Read More

Dún Laoghaire to Take Part in Competition to Host a National Diaspora Centre

Dún Laoghaire to Take Part in Competition to Host a National Diaspora Centre

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) has, today (14.04.14) said that it hopes to take part in a competition – operated by Failte Ireland – to create a national diaspora centre.

One of the key deliverables of the Harbour Company’s master plan is the creation of a diaspora centre on the historic Carlisle Pier.  Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland – last week – issued a call for ‘expressions of interest’ in delivering a national diaspora centre.

According to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, “The Fáilte Ireland call for expressions of interest in delivering a national diaspora centre comes at a good time for Dún Laoghaire.  We are now at the point of having assembled all ideas for the centre, including a sustainability plan, so we are absolutely ready to take part in the competition to deliver a national diaspora centre.

“In the event that Dún Laoghaire is selected by Fáilte Ireland, we would be in a position to market the Dún Laoghaire diaspora centre as the ‘national centre’ and this would obviously assist in marketing at a global level.”

Gerry Dunne was speaking at a lunchtime seminar today which was organised by DLHC on the issue of diaspora policy.  The key issues arising from the seminar will be used to inform the Habour Company’s submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs public consultation on diaspora policy, which runs until 23rd April.

“The Harbour Company is acutely aware of the role which the Harbour in Dún Laoghaire played in the lives of so many of our diaspora.  Indeed, we were reminded of this at numerous points during last week’s State visit by the President to England.

“We intend to lean on our history; our research on diaspora that has been undertaken to inform the planned diaspora centre; and the lessons from the Global Diaspora Forum – which we hosted last year in conjunction with the US State Department – to inform our submission to the Government’s consultation on diaspora policy.  In addition, the contributions at today’s seminar will also help inform our submission,” said Gerry Dunne.

Among those attending today’s seminar in Dún Laoghaire was Labour Party MEP, Emer Costello, who has been a strong supporter of the planned diaspora centre at Dún Laoghaire.  According to Ms Costello: “The past week – with the State visit to England – was a watershed in Anglo-Irish relations.  There was a strong acknowledgement of our shared history, but there was also huge expectation about our future relationship. But, throughout all of last week, I could not help thinking that among those for whom this visit had the greatest import were the diaspora.  Those women and men who left these shores in search of work.  From the unskilled labourers and house maids to the highly-educated professionals.

“Their story is a story shared by Irish diaspora in the four corners of the world.  Some excelled and exceeded levels of achievement that they might never had the opportunity of doing, had they not taken the boat.  Others, were less fortunate.  But ultimately, the Irish abroad – our diaspora – are strong and numerous, and want to be connected. We need them to be connected.  It’s a globalised society and they are one of our strongest assets if we’re to be effective in business, education and development.

“It gives me great pleasure therefore to be here today, as part of this discussion on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company’s submission to the consultation by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on diaspora.  From the day I was briefed about plans to create a diaspora centre on the harbour here, I have been a supporter.  I believe the plans by the Harbour Company have capacity to deliver the connection to our diaspora abroad, as well as to tact as an education and leisure amenity for everyone: Irish people, new Irish and those from across the globe with an interest in diaspora,” she added.

ENDS.