David McWilliams: Dublin Port is a waste of space. Move it

One solution to the housing crisis? Move the port and build a new kind of capital city

Dublin Port: imagine a shiny new city facing out to the sea instead of a few oildrums and containers.   Photograph: David Toase/Getty Images

Dublin Port: imagine a shiny new city facing out to the sea instead of a few oildrums and containers. Photograph: David Toase/Getty Images

There is an obvious solution to Dublin’s crippling capacity problem: move our Port and develop one of Dublin’s greatest natural assets into a new, gleaming city. Dublin is one of the last major cities that continues to have a port on its most valuable prime land. Cork is moving its port, and if it’s good enough for Cork, it’s good enough for Dublin.

In the past two decades Barcelona, Bremen, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Genoa, London and Cape Town have all moved their ports and liberated the land to create beautiful new cities in which people can work, live and play. Auckland is doing the same. Old port cities realise that they no longer need ports to be at the mouth of rivers, as rivers are no longer used for transport.

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