Picture of the Week: Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment visit the Port of Cork

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*Committee signals commitment to highlight need for action on ORE with POC’s planning permission due to expire in 2025

The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) recently hosted the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment to discuss the future development of the Port and its key international trading operations. The Committee delegation, which included Cathaoirleach Maurice Quinlivan T.D., Louise O’Reilly T.D., Matt Shanahan T.D., David Stanton T.D., Senator Róisín Garvey, and Senator Paul Gavan, were provided with a presentation on the PoCC’s strategic infrastructure and growth plans including the development of the renewable energy sector.

Being the only Irish port currently with planning permission in place to support the growth of the Offshore Energy Renewable (ORE) industry, the PoCC is uniquely positioned to support the progression of ORE as an energy source to help power Ireland and ensure sufficient energy capacity in the decades to come.

Following this visit, Deputy David Stanton raised a Topical Issue in Dáil Éireann to discuss the need to expand port facilities in Cork to facilitate the development of offshore renewable energy. He outlined the requirement for swift action to ensure the Port of Cork is provided with the necessary funding to see their ORE planning come to fruition.

The Oireachtas members were facilitated to view the infrastructure from the water by taking a short trip on a boat. This afforded them the opportunity to learn further about port operations and the significant economic importance of the PoCC as a key international gateway to trade for the south of Ireland.

As a Tier 1 Port of National Significance, the PoCC connects businesses and firms to international markets while facilitating smooth trade movements, making it an essential component in the global supply chain.