Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) welcomes the An Bord Pleanála decision to grant permission for our proposed new Cruise Berth. This decision allows DLHC to accommodate up to 80% of cruise ships that currently visit Dublin Bay.
The new berth will accommodate cruise ships up to 250m in length and will provide many economic benefits to the town of Dún Laoghaire, its hinterland, Dublin and the whole country. At least 30% of the additional expenditure and resultant employment that the berth will generate is estimated to accrue to the Dún Laoghaire area.
It is estimated that this new berth will attract c. 50 cruise calls a year (from May to September), an average of 2 a week, each with an average of 2,000 cruise visitors who will disembark to spend money in the area. The money generated from these visitors will, over a season, amount to €10m.
Eithne Scott Lennon, Chairperson of DLHC, reacted to the news by saying:
“We are very pleased at the decision of An Bord Pleanála. The development of cruise tourism in Dun Laoghaire and its hinterland is recognised in the County Development Plan, the Harbour Masterplan, and the National Ports Policy, which envisages the future of the harbour in terms of marine tourism, marine leisure, cultural amenity and urban redevelopment.
In addition to the positive economic impact for the area, the commercial revenue accruing to the Harbour Company will be significant, particularly in the context of the need for us as a Company to continually invest in the maintenance and upgrading of the massive infrastructure of the 200- year old man-made harbour.
The Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance recognises that Dublin should benchmark itself against Copenhagen in trying to treble the number of cruise calls coming to our capital city over the next five to 10 years. In 2016 Copenhagen attracted 306 cruise calls, in the same year 104 came to Dublin – 96 via Dublin Port and 8 via Dún Laoghaire. The really important aspect of the Copenhagen model is that it facilitates Peak Days, whereby up to SEVEN cruise calls per day can be facilitated. ‘Dublin’ needs to be able to cope with a similar demand.
To realise this potential, it is envisaged that a new Stakeholder Collaboration Group be formed to include the Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance, Dublin City Council, Dublin Business Improvement District (BID), Dún Laoghaire BID, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dublin Port Company and Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company.
Today’s positive outcome now enables cruise tourism in Dublin to significantly grow by allowing Dublin’s two ports – Dún Laoghaire and Dublin – to collaborate and work with other stakeholders to exploit this great tourism opportunity. DLHC will also be engaging collaboratively with local Stakeholders in the months ahead”.
Editor’s Note: DLHC along with its planning consultants will review the entire findings of the Inspectors Report which the DLHC expects to receive in the coming days. A further release will follow commenting on the entirety of An Bord Pleanála’s findings.
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