Louth County Council have given planning permission for the construction of a ferry port at Greenore to faciliate a car ferry across the mouth of Carlingford Lough to Greencastle in County Down.
The permission allows construction of terminal facilities across from Greenore Port and across the water from 80 Greencastle Pier Road Greencastle County Down to allow operation of a vehicular ferry across the mouth of Carlingford Lough.
However for the company, behind the project, Frazer Ferries trading as Carlingford Ferries , the plan has only reached half way, as they await planning permission from the Northern Ireland authorities.
The proposed works include construction of a reinforced concrete slipway (60m long) with seven vertical tubular berthing and fender piles on the southern side to facilitate ferry berthing.
It also includes the relocation of the existing port entrance gates and weighbridge.
At the corresponding port in Greencastle, permission has been granted for the construction of a reinforced concrete suspended pier (58m long), supported by vertical tubular piles and a reinforced concrete slipway (70m long) to allow vehicular access to the Ferry.
This will include 12 berthing piles with fenders and a steel gangway to facilitate berthing and tying up of vessels overnigh and host of other modifications.
Floating navigational marks anchored to the bed of the Lough and laid at the edges of the navigable channel will also be constructed as part of the ambitious project.
The application has come from Frazer Ferries, a Limerick based company, who plan to build ferry terminal facilities adjacent to Greenore Port and adjacent to Greencastle Pier Road, Greencastle ,Co Down to allow operation of a vehicular ferry accross the mouth of Carlingford Lough.
There had been a similar plan by a Clare based company, Carlingford Lough Car Ferry Ltd, to have a ferry between the two points.
Paul O’ Sullivan, speaking on behalf of Carlingford Ferries, responded to Louth County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the Ferry
“This is a very welcome development for the project. We appreciate Louth County Council’s decision to grant planning permission.
“The ferry project will be a tremendous boost for Louth and South Down and will be of real economic benefit to both areas and it is vital that we maintain this momentum. “We will continue to fully engage in the planning process in South Down to ensure this project comes to fruition.”
The project has been met with sizeable opposition from a group in Co Down who oppose the new ferry crossing.
Greencastle Area Residents Group (GARG) oppose plans for any ferry service between the two points and say it the ferry will cause environmental damage, ruin the area by urbanising it,and that it will bring more traffic intot he area.