Letter to the Examiner

Letter to the Examiner

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Public Consultation is still ongoing regarding the location for future port facilities in Cork harbour.

Dear Editor
I refer to the article headed ‘No Super Port for IFI Site’ published in the County Supplement of the Irish Examiner on Tuesday 16th February 2010 and I wish to point out that the Port of Cork Company at this stage has not made a decision regarding the location for future port facilities in Cork Harbour.
Some readers may interpret that a decision has been made and that the current phase of public consultation has concluded. I wish to categorically state that public consultation is still ongoing and the Port of Cork Company hopes to have a decision made by the end of April 2010, and until then comments and concerns of stakeholders are invited.
The Port of Cork is currently reviewing its Strategic Development Plan in order to service the business and trading needs of the region, to secure employment and help create and sustain jobs, as well as facilitating the needs of the port.
A key element of the review is a comprehensive re-evaluation of twelve sites in Cork Harbour with a view to identifying the most appropriate locations for new facilities.
While there are five emerging sites at this stage with significant potential, I would reiterate that all twelve sites are open for comment.
In terms of the development of the Port, overall local issues are always important and will be reviewed as part of the Company’s decision making.
Anyone persons interested in receiving further information on the Port of Cork’s site selection process should visit www.portofcork.ie or telephone Sara Dymond 021 4625 375.
Yours faithfully
Brendan Keating
Chief Executive, Port of Cork Company

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