The sale of replica famine ship Jeanie Johnston to the Dublin Docklands Authority (DDA) looks set to go ahead, it emerged today.
The DDA has confirmed it is in negotiation with the owners of the Jeanie Johnston to purchase the tall ship as a tourist attraction for the river Liffey.
The ship is currently berthed in Cork and is owned by Kerry Group plc, Shannon Development and Kerry County Council and Tralee Town Council.
A spokeswoman for the Docklands Authority said further details of the sale would be announced once the negotiations were complete.
The ship is already scheduled to visit the Liffey as part of the Maritime Festival, which will see 12 historic tall ships in Dublin’s Docklands from June 17 to 19.
It is also set to take part in the tall ships race in Waterford in July.
The replica of the 19th century famine ship cost €15.5m to build and was completed in 2002.