In recent decades, Dublin Port faced the same existential challenge as many other working ports worldwide due a breakdown in the relationship between the Port and the City. This challenge was particularly evident during the economic boom prior to the collapse in 2008 and culminated in the port having planning permission for a long-term expansion project refused in 2010.
Since 2010, Dublin Port Company has worked to establish a development plan capable of being supported by key stakeholders in the City. The Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project is the first major project from this plan. The ABR Project is under consideration by the national planning authority (An Bord Pleanála) and has been strongly supported by Dublin City Council.
Recognising the importance of the contribution which the Port can and must make to the urban environment is at the core of the new approach followed by Dublin Port Company since 2010. This approach has many facets including urban design, industrial heritage, transport planning, an historical perspective, the arts, community involvement and public events.
Dublin Port Company’s Masterplan 2012 to 2040 reflects these facets and has spawned a number of projects both large and small which are helping to rebuild the Port-City relationship in Dublin based on a working waterfront integrated with the redeveloping docklands along the historic River Liffey.
Eamonn O’Reilly was appointed Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company in August 2010 having previously held the position of Chief Executive at Portroe Stevedores, the Dublin Port based cargo handling business, since 2005. Eamonn also held the role of group development manager of Portroe’s parent company, Doyle Shipping Group, during that time.
Prior to joining the Doyle Shipping Group, Eamonn was Project Manager for Securicor Ireland and has also worked as a management consultant with KPMG. He served as Chief Executive of Marine Terminals Limited between 1992 and 1996.
Eamonn started his career as an engineer with Irish Cement Limited before working overseas in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Congo.
Eamonn is a chartered engineer having graduated from University College Dublin and holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. Eamonn is a member of Engineers Ireland, is Vice Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and is a member of the General Stevedoring Council.