Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Ross Port needs to stay in state control – O’ Connell

Responding to comments made by Minister Brendan Howlin indicating that state assets may be sold to finance a new redundancy scheme in the HSE, local Sinn Féin representative Oisin O’ Connell has reiterated his view that New Ross Port should stay under state control.  The Chairperson of County Wexford Sinn Féin said that he would speak on the importance of keeping the valuable inland port in state hands at the upcoming party Ard Fheis which will be held in Wexford’s Opera House on the 7th and 8th of February.


Mr O’ Connell said;


“New Ross Port is still under state control despite being a limited company since 1997.  It seems that its strategic importance is often unfairly overlooked in favour of Rosslare Harbour.  Many people seem unaware that we have a International Ship and Port Facility Security code compliant port in New Ross and I have no doubt that certain veiled interests have played off this to set New Ross Port up for a quick sale.”


“There are huge benefits to keeping a port with what many would describe as having an untapped potential in public ownership.  New Ross is an ideal location for importing and exporting materials because of its location and access to major transport routes.  This will only become more evident when the construction of the new bypass begins.”


“Sinn Féin opposes the selling off of vital state assets in Brendan’s bargain basement sale.  Up to 2000 delegates will descend on Wexford town for our Ard Fheis and I have no doubt that they will join me in opposing the sale of New Ross Port and calling on our party leadership to fight any attempted sale.”

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