National Ports Policy

National Ports Policy categorises ports which handle commercial freight into:

Ports of National Significance (Tier 1)

Dublin Port Company, the Port of Cork Company and Shannon Foynes Port Company

Ports of National Significance (Tier 2)

Port of Waterford Company and Rosslare Europort

Ports of Regional Significance

Drogheda Port Company, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Galway Harbour Company, New Ross Port Company, Wicklow Port Company and all other ports that handle commercial freight.

There are currently nine State owned commercial port companies established and operating under the Harbours Acts 1996 2009. Contact details for each of these companies can be found through the link below.

Government policy with regard to Drogheda Port Company, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Galway Harbour Company, New Ross Port Company and Wicklow Port Company is that there is no need for central Government shareholding in these State commercial port companies that fulfil a regional or local need.

The longer-term development of these ports is best placed within their regional and local communities to allow both develop in a manner that is mutually beneficial. 

A process is currently underway to facilitate the transfer of control of these ports to more suitable local authority structures.

A copy of the new policy document is available through clicking on National Ports Policy 2013 / Beartas Náisiúnta na gCalafort 2013

State Port Commercial Port Companies in Ireland