In a departure from tradition, the November meeting of the Rosslare Municipal District was held, not in the Council’s headquarters at County Hall, but in the main terminal building of Rosslare Europort. In a unique initiative, Chairman Ger Carthy and the other four Councillors of the Rosslare District convened this meeting to emphasise the strategic importance of the port and the villages of Rosslare Harbour and Kilrane to County Wexford and the South East Region.
A number of local companies and organisations attended the meeting and outlined their activities and their development plans to the meeting, including:
- Rosslare Europort Strategy Update - presentation by Mr. Glen Carr,General Manager,
- An Garda Siochana The Role of An Garda Síochána in Rosslare Europort – presentation by Superintendent Jim Doyle
- National Ambulance Service Overview of Ambulance Operations and SevesoSites in Rosslare Harbour – presentation by Mr. Brendan Groves, Operations Resource Manager, National Ambulance Service
- Kilrane National School Overview of Education Services in the Rosslare Harbour / Kilrane Area – presentation by Eoin Ó’Donnagáin, Principal Kilrane National School
- Rosslare Harbour / Kilrane Village Dev. Team Overview of Recent Developments and Proposed Developments under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme
The main focus of the meeting was the future and planned development of Rosslare Harbour Europort and the development and improvement of the village itself – all in the shadow and threat or opportunity of the forthcoming Brexit.
The investment in the port itself over the next four years will amount to over €25 million. The new Rosslare Harbour access road is currently being designed and will go through public consultation and the planning process over the next two years with construction planned in 2021. The new access road will also involve an investment of over €15 million.
The roundabout on the existing N11 at Roche Freight will be constructed next year.
The active local community groups have exciting plans in co-operation with the Rosslare Municipal District to improve community facilities, signage and public realm. The Rosslare Harbour/Kilrane Village Development Team recently received a huge boost with the announcement of €191,385 funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.
Speaking after the meeting, Chairman of Rosslare Municipal District Ger Carthy described the initiative as a resounding success. “This was a very positive meeting of minds and a valuable opportunity to set out a clear blueprint leading to the development of a vibrant port and a thriving village which will bring a huge economic boost to the entire region. Without doubt, there are exciting times ahead for the area” concluded Councillor Carthy.