HARBOUR COMPANY TO LODGE EXPANSION PLANS IN MAY

Galway Harbour Company is expected to lodge its planning application for the first phase of the port expansion plans in May, with construction to begin in 2015.

The 50 million euro plans for an extended port of about 57 acres will accomodate substantial trading ships and allow for the docking of all major cruise ships.

The plans will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala under article 6 (4) of the European habitats directive otherwise known as IROPI.

It’s the first time that an organisation has gone through the IROPI route, and if it gets the go ahead construction could begin within 3 years.