€126m Galway Harbour expansion plan lodged with An Bord Pleanála today

An application to expand Galway Harbour has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed development, which has been planned for many years, would cost €126m.

It is hoped the project would be completed by the end of 2017.

According to Eamon Bradshaw, CEO, Galway Harbour Company, “the expansion of the Port is critically important for the economic future of the entire Western Region. This proposal envisages the creation of a marine facility capable of ensuring that Galway has a harbour infrastructure fit for the twenty first century, adding that 200 jobs would be created during construction and up to 800 jobs could eventually result, due to increased activity at the port.”

Endorsing the proposal, President of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Jim Fennell said “the extension of Galway Port and the upgrading of Port facilities is a top priority for Galway Chamber and is key to the development of our city and the wider region.”

Anthony Ryan, Galway City Business Association, also welcomed today’s announcement, “we see the extension of the harbour as a key infrastructural development for Galway. The potential for business growth for the city is enormous and will represent a critical piece of infrastructure for the city going forward.”

A decision from An Bord Pleanála is due in about six months.