Event to support local companies deliver Ireland South East’s energy and renewable energy transformation

This event will offer local suppliers an opportunity to help support the roll out of new Greenlink Interconnector between Ireland and the UK. Read more

Historic day as Technological University for the South East is announced

A new Technological University for the South East has been announced today by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris. Read more

Brittany Ferries have reported a massive 32% increase in freight figures from Rosslare to Bilbao, Spain

The huge increase in freight traffic from Rosslare Europort to continental Europe shows no signs of abating, with Brittany Ferries reporting nearly one-third of an increase in freight figures from Rosslare to Bilbao compared to this time last year. Read more

Iarnród Éireann and XPO launch new rail freight service between Port of Waterford and Ballina, Co. Mayo

Today, Iarnród Eireann and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of freight transportation solutions, launched a new rail freight service in each direction between Ballina, Co Mayo and Waterford.

The new rail service begins weekly operations today, it will then be twice-weekly within eight weeks.

It will offer Irish industry a greener and more efficient mode of transporting freight between the West and South East of the country. This will see the potential for over 5,000 truck movements a year to switch from road to rail, with a resulting reduction in road congestion, and 75% reduction in emissions per unit.

The new service comes as Iarnród Éireann is finalising a new national rail freight strategy to identify growth and investment opportunities to significantly grow rail freight operations.

Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive Jim Meade stated:

“We are entering a very exciting phase where rail freight can offer key solutions for the movement of freight as the country addresses both environmental and congestion challenges in this sector. We are currently finalising a very ambitious strategic plan for the growth of rail freight between key locations across the country. Today’s announcement with XPO and Waterford Port demonstrates the viable opportunities that can be developed that will not just support industry and the logistics sector, but is also fully aligned with the country’s climate action plan.”

Dan Myers, managing director – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, said:

“Climate change is a critical global challenge; the solutions will take a concerted effort, coordinated action and cooperation. Our collaborative, end-to-end service with Irish Rail — where XPO provides the booking of rail freight movements, drayage trucking of containers, and services such as cross-docking — is a double win. Our customers have new, eco-friendly transport options, and our planet wins as supply chains become greener. It’s another step in our collective journey to a carbon-neutral future.”

Port of Waterford Chief Executive Frank Ronan said:

“Port of Waterford welcomes the re-introduction of rail freight services to the Port at Belview. These trains, carrying container freight, will work very effectively with the Port’s Lo-Lo shipping services to provide businesses in Ireland’s West/North West with a compelling logistics solution to and from mainland Europe.”

For more news around the region click here.

Siemens Energy and Sumitomo Electric awarded EPC contract for Ireland-UK interconnector from Wexford to Wales

Greenlink has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project to a consortium comprised of Siemens Energy AG (Siemens Energy) and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd (Sumitomo Electric). Read more

Waterford-born Nobel laureate honoured at world-class ‘Walton Institute’

New visionary direction will redefine institute’s ICT research impact.

Read more

€9.52 million funding for Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Energy in Nenagh Town Centre

Nenagh is set for a welcome funding boost following the announcement of €9,525,000 to regenerate the town under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund. Read more

Insurtech Network Centre facilitates collaboration in the insurance sector

Insurtech Network Centre was launched in 2018 and is a unique and exciting Collaborative Insurance Innovation Platform that facilitates collaboration between established insurance sector firms along with Insurtech Startups and the research, development and educational resources of Institute of Technology Carlow. Read more

New ferry service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk

A new six-day per week ferry service between Rosslare Europort and Dunkirk in northern France has been announced by logistics giant DFDS. Read more