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Sunday 17 December 2017

Famine ship Jeanie Johnston to stay in Dublin

The Jeanie Johnston moored at North Wall Quay in Dublin
The Jeanie Johnston moored at North Wall Quay in Dublin

The replica famine ship the Jeanie Johnston, which cost the taxpayer almost €10m, has smooth sailing ahead and is due to stay in Dublin waters.

There had been major fears that the ship could end up abroad because it is owned by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority which is currently selling off all its assets as it is being dissolved.

However, Dublin City Council (DCC) has confirmed that the ship will remain in the heart of the capital.

"There are no plans to sell the Jeanie Johnston to a private individual," said DCC chief Owen Keegan.

Instead, the boat, which is a wooden replica of the famous famine ship that carried 2,500 Irish people to North America with no loss of life on voyages between 1848 and 1855, will remain in the capital.

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"It is envisaged that pending an agreement on the transfer of the asset the management control will rest with the Dublin City Council Docklands Office in close co-operation with the Culture and Recreation Department," read the report.

The ship is currently being used as a museum and can also be hired as a function venue, but under the new proposal its tourism offerings will be scaled up.

"The future programming of the Jeanie Johnston is under consideration. It is felt there is great potential to grow the visitor numbers significantly and to bring an added dimension to the tourism attractions in the city," said Mr Keegan.

Previous assets of the authority included 16-18 Hanover Quay which U2 are understood to have bought.

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