Roll-on, roll-off: How Dublin Port is ‘staying put’, coping with Brexit and trying to be a good neighbour

It’s described as the country’s ‘single most important transport infrastructure asset’. Now Dublin Port is planning new container terminals and a bridge to link them to the Port Tunnel, as part of a strategy also incorporating cultural activities to attract more visitors to the area

Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of the Dublin Port Company: ‘We know we’ll have a lot more neighbours in this part of the city in the years ahead’ Pictures: Lorraine O’Sullivan

It’s 5am and most of Dublin is still asleep. A few taxis make their way out to the airport delivering passengers in time for their early morning flights, but otherwise the roads are almost empty.

One part of the city, however, is already on the go. Down at Dublin Port, the first ferries of the day are arriving from Britain. By 6am, the WB Yeats, operated by Irish Ferries is just berthing, having arrived from ...