In the wake of the collapsed project to turn the old ferry terminal building in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, into a digital innovation hub, the terminal should be used for “what it was designed and built for”.
“Brexit will pose challenges for all ports; the reality is there will be some sort of checks and controls on the movement of goods and people travelling to and from Ireland from the UK,” remarked Senator Victor Boyhan.
Closure of the Stena Line service in 2014 devastated the harbour financially and brought to an end the historic route first started in 1835, he added.
“The harbour and town has never recovered from the loss of capital and people.”
Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council who are now custodians of the harbour “should consider inviting expressions of interest from ferry operators to provide a seasonal ferry service…” he added.
Senator Boyhan is appealing to Minister Shane Ross who has overall responsibility for port policy, tourism and sport, to establish a working group involving the local authority, Fáilte Ireland and local business groups to explore “all possibilities” for a new ferry service.
“The best way to preserve the harbour is to establish a working harbour for people to travel, sail and engage in associated water sports, leisure and recreation,” he said.