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New Port of Galway

MKO has provided strategic planning advice to Galway Harbour Company over a 15-year period, including its current Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) application for a new deep-water port extension in Galway Bay, where MKO led the planning team, and project managed all interactions with An Bord Pleanála in the course of the pre-application SID determination process, including attendance and participation in the oral hearing held in March 2015.

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Project challenges

This long-running project, which is intended to provide a new port for Galway City, has the added complexity of being the first project in the history of the Irish State to attempt to use the Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest (IROPI) provisions of the EU Habitats Directive by contending it should be permitted for IROPI. The development proposal includes reclaiming 23.89 hectares of land, extending 935m into the sea and providing 660m of quay berth. The development will consist of berthing facilities for general cargo vessels, oil tankers, passenger vessels, fishing vessels and container vessels.

Main services provided


Planning advice

Provision of planning advice to the design team and project management of all interactions with An Bord Pleanála during the pre-application Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) determination process.

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