Just got this from Tom Morrissey today:
Please find attached a direct link to the New Heart for Dublin Conference
being held on 20th October at Dublin Castle. Please feel free to forward to
your circulation list.
Senator Tom Morrissey.
Speakers are to include: Tanaiste Michael McDowell, Senator Tom Morrissey, Senator David Norris, Frank McDonald, Sean 'Dublin Bay' Loftus, Jurgen Bruns-Berentelg, Tony Reddy, etc - its worth having a look at their site, but I'll post some of their blurb below anyhow. Suspect I'll see some of you there.
From website (http://www.newheartfordublin.ie):
A one day conference comprising Irish and international experts who will discuss a new vision for Dublin Bay, including its port.
On Thursday the 15th December 2005, Senator Tom Morrissey and Tanaiste Micheal McDowell TD launched a discussion document entitled "A New Heart for Dublin' in the Clarion Hotel on Dublin's north quays.
The document was intended to generate discussion about redeveloping Dublin Port as a centre for cruise liner traffic, as part of a major urban regeneration project.
"This has the potential to create a spectacular Manhattan-style approach to Dublin by sea. The plan draws on international experience in cities like Helsinki and Barcelona where run-down port areas have been transformed beyond recognition. It would breath life into Dublin Bay, which is currently an underused asset,â€ Senator Morrissey said at the time.
"Industrial port activity should be moved gradually from the already over-stretched Dublin Port to Bremore, north of Balbriggan. This would free-up 600-plus acres of Ireland's most valuable real estate for phased redevelopment, which could include housing, office accommodation, shops, waterfront promenades and green spaces."
The proposals also aims to deliver a truck-free city.
"When you consider that Irish imports and exports have grown five-fold since 1990, then it is really no surprise that Dublin Port currently has a capacity problem. The worrying reality of the situation is that the Port is likely to run out of capacity by 2008. The consequences for our economy will be profound as exporters and importers face increasing delays and costs in getting goods to market.
"This proposal by the Progressive Democrats is intended to spark debate on how best to develop Dublin Bay - a unique asset in the heart of our capital city. We welcome submissions and ideas from members of the public and interested groups on how the bay can be best used for the people of Dublin," Senator Morrissey concluded.
The proposal has been well received in all areas of society that further public discussion was obviously needed. The over-riding question asked by many people was "Now do we make it happen?" hence the sub-title of this important conference. Respected speakers from all over Europe have been brought together to discuss how we can move forward with this radical concept.
How have other cities dealt with these issues? How can it be funeded? How best to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated again? These questions and more will be addressed by the speakers in our Conference Schedule.
To book a seat at this important conference please click here.
â€œAt at price in excess of â‚¬30 million per acre, Dublin Ports land bank of 660 acres could release between â‚¬15 billion and â‚¬20 billion on a phased basis to fund much needed infrastructure in the vicinity of the new port at Bremoreâ€