Thursday, 21 February, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the input, if any, his Department has had into the review of Irish ports with a view to ensuring better regional balance within our €124 billion export sector.
Reply from Minister Richard Bruton: In the context of the Action Plan for Jobs 2012 I asked the Competition Authority to carry out a study of the ports sector in Ireland. As part of this study, the Competition Authority met with a number of Government Departments and agencies, industry representatives, port companies, terminal operators, shipping companies, stevedores, freight forwarders, hauliers and other port users.
The Authority also undertook a public consultation and I understand that the submissions received are currently being examined by the Authority. I am aware that the Authority met with and received a joint response from Forfás, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. I expect the Authority’s report to be published by Q4 of this year.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, who is responsible for policy development and implementation in relation to ports, is also engaged in a review of national ports policy. I understand that Forfás, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland also made a joint submission to a public consultation that formed part of this review. I expect that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will take account of the Competition Authority’s study in due course.
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the Competition Authority’s study of Irish ports will be published.
Reply from Minister Richard Bruton: The Competition Authority's study of Irish Ports is expected to be published by Q3/4 of this year. A public consultation on the study was launched by the Competition Authority on 14 December 2012 and submissions were due in to the Authority by 8 February 2013. I am informed that the submissions received are currently being examined by the Authority.
Deputy Deasy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects to publish the review of national ports policy; and if the process is still open to submissions.
Reply from Minister Leo Varadkar: My Department has now carried out a major review of ports policy. The new policy is designed to provide a coherent framework for all state owned ports and allow for their future development in a manner that suits their individual circumstances. The policy will be considered by the Government in March and it will be published following Government approval as soon as possible after that. Consequently, the period for submissions is now closed.
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