The Port of Galway is transferring a three-acre waterfront site with the potential for over 250 homes to the Land Development Agency (LDA).

A spokesman for the LDA said it is currently preparing a plan for the site, which would involve a mix of affordable purchase and cost rental apartments.

A planning application for homes on the site could potentially be lodged by early 2025.

Galway Harbour Company is a commercial semi-state entity owned by Galway City Council

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD visited Galway harbour on to formally announce the transfer.

A feasibility study for the site has been drawn up by the LDA, and the agency will now proceed to a public consultation process with a planning application for a residential development expected to be made in 2025, his Department said:

The site enjoys a unique setting in the city centre overlooking Lough Atalia and Galway Bay.

The planned development of mainly affordable apartments is adjacent to Eyre Square, Spanish Arch and Ceannt Station, the city’s main transport hub.

O’Brien was joined on site by Phelim O’Neill, LDA head of property, Galway Harbour Company chair Maurice O’Gorman and its chief executive Conor O’Dowd, along with Patricia Philbin, interim chief executive of Galway City Council.

O’Neill said the land at Galway Harbour:


represents a fantastic opportunity for the development of affordable housing and the creation of a new community in a wonderful location.

We were delighted to welcome Minister O’Brien to the site and to have the opportunity to outline our plans for the development of high quality, A-rated homes.

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