Future spin-off for Fingal area under new €2bn Bremore Port plan

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By ROSE BARRETT

Coastal towns and communities in Fingal could benefit from plans for a new deep-water, greenfield port in Bremore.

The tender process to move plans for the project which entails a €2bn investment, to the next stage has commenced.

While Bremore Port is in the jurisdiction of Meath County Council, it’s proximity to Dublin coastal towns such as Balbriggan and the Fingal border, will make it one of the most significant commercial enterprise on the East coast, along with becoming one of the area’s biggest employers.

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However, Dublin Port Co, which predicts it will reach full-capacity by 2035, warns the government must progress the planning process and construction immediately as the planning consultation for such a mega infrastructural project could take decades.  

The tender process to move plans for a new deep-water port, circa €2bn investment, at Bremore, Co Meath to the next stage has commenced.

While Bremore Port is in the jurisdiction of Meath County Council, it’s proximity to Dublin coastal towns such as Balbriggan and the Fingal border, will make it one of the most significant commercial projects on the East coast, along with becoming one of the area’s biggest employers.

For Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) for Skerries, Balbriggan and Loughshinny, it’s imperative that Fingal County Council (FCC) work closely with Meath CoCo to progress the project, which will also aid Ireland in achieving its green energy targets.

“Albeit it’s not in our county – originally it was – but had to be moved up coast to Bremore, owing to historical artefacts being found,” said Cllr O’Leary, ”this development will greatly serve the people of Fingal and beyond.

“Take the towns of Skerries and Balbriggan; the latter has now reached over 10,000 in population, and there’s over 20,000 in Balbriggan where schools are full of students from Skerries and the surrounding towns!

“Where are they going to get jobs? We don’t have big employers in the area. There’s a generation of youth in Fingal who need local jobs, and not more commuters all heading into the city centre to work!”

He continued: “This is one of the biggest infrastructural developments in the Fingal/Meath region and will require close co-operation of both counties, between planning teams and public representatives” he said. 

“It’s important that there is comprehensive communication with local communities and strategic planning of transport links to service this extensive regional port project.”

Cllr O’Leary has raised two motions for the next meeting of FCC asking that it works closely with Meath Co Co and to make provision in the Fingal Development Plan 2023-2029 for a deep-water port in the environs by promoting employment and enterprise opportunities in Fingal along with the appropriate infrastructure to service a deep-water port.

Balbriggan Co Dublin

The Green Aspect

A partnership or DAC (designated activities company) between Drogheda Port Company, and Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE), the development of a deep-water port and will support Ireland’s Climate Action and EU Green Deal targets along with acting as a national logistics hub. 

“As the location of the proposed port is close to the main Dublin-Belfast road and all major rail links, this project will be one of the largest national infrastructure projects in recent years,” added Cllr O’Leary, “and will drive green innovation to support Ireland’s climate action targets.” 

Statkraft plan to construct 30 to 36 wind turbines (in 3 clusters) off the coast of Louth, Meath and Fingal. “The turbines will supply enough sustainable green energy for 500,000 homes, and will meet national and EU goals to decarbonise transport, to produce alternative energy sources, and to build in a sustainable manner,” said Cllr O’Leary. 

“I’m getting good feedback but there’s also controversy where its off shore. We shall have to go through the planning process and everyone will have their say.  Statkraft are also looking for to use the excess wind from the waste farms, that is produced at night. The company, along with Bremore intend to apply for planning permission for hydrogen plants at Bellcamp, Dublin and at Bremore. 

“This fuel could be used for commercial vehicles and trucks, instead of diesel, our commercial vehicles running on clean fuels – what a benefit for all,” he stated.

Submission to An Bord Pleanála is currently under preparation via Strategic Infrastructure Developments (SID). Meath CoCo declined to comment on the project at this time. Fingal County Council stated Cllr O’Leary’s motions “are a matter for discussion at the forthcoming Development Plan meetings. These meeting will take place between August 30 and September 10, and will be discussed then.”

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