European Funding vital for Cork Harbour expansion – Ní Riada
Speaking from Brussels today Liadh Ní Riada gave her support to the strategic development plan for the Port of Cork and backed the application for funding to develop the existing facilities in Ringaskiddy. Ní Riada made the remarks following a meeting with Port of Cork Chief Executive Brendan Keating and Engineering Services Manager Denis Healy in the European Parliament today.
“I received a comprehensive briefing from Port of Cork management last week, and I was impressed by their strategic vision. I was glad to have the opportunity to meet a delegation from the port authority here in Brussels today to discuss their bid for funding under the Connecting Europe Programme. An expanded port facility at Ringaskiddy would serve Cork and the greater Southern region well, and is of strategic importance for the whole of Ireland.
“Expansion at Ringaskiddy will mean greater capacity, opening trade to larger vessels and supporting economic growth. The development will create in the order of 600 – 700 construction jobs, and made Cork part of a global trade network, and a significant European logistics hub.
“I am happy to add my backing to the port authority's bid for a significant investment of some €11 million to begin expansion at the Ringaskiddy site and will work with the authority and stakeholders to secure this vital funding.
“I am aware of the concerns of residents in the Ringaskiddy area, and I would counsel the Port of Cork to engage with residents and to work to address their concerns. The planned expansion must take account of and avoid negative social and environmental impacts.”