I am really glad to see that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in response to my request, is now seeking expressions of interest for the Dún Laoghaire former ferry terminal building.
You may be aware that the Harbour Innovation Campus was due to open on this site earlier this year, but the coordinators of that project have pulled out (see the Council’s statement from that time here). Since then, I have been working with the Executive of the Council to ensure that this exciting opportunity of Dún Laoghaire town does not collapse. This important project will survive it’s initial difficulties and will hugely benefit the local economy.
See my visit to the site in September here, and my earlier commentary on this subject here:
It was great to talk to Ken Finnegan in #DúnLaoghaire this week, about the exciting times ahead in the next few months, for the @HarbourCampus in @DLHarbour.#innovation #opportunity #localeconomy @DLR_Chamber @dlrcc @leo_dlr @dlrlocalnews @DunLaoghaireBID @myIADT @ucddublin pic.twitter.com/dlcCUzKqiR
— Barry Ward (@barrymward) September 1, 2018
The Council has now called for expressions of interest from competent parties who could take up the baton and ensure that the innovation campus proceeds in the old ferry terminal. You can see the details of the call here.
The Irish Times covered the story today. You can read the full article here.
This section deals with my comments:
Local politicians welcomed news the project will move ahead. Fine Gael Councillor Barry Ward said the harbour innovation campus was “an extremely important project for Dún Laoghaire town and the wider area”.
“It is regrettable that the council’s obligations mean that what would now be open and operating, will now only open later this year. While procurement procedures will slow the opening of this exciting space, it is encouraging that it will still happen and I look forward to the opportunities it will bring.”