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17.8M Irish Fishery Harbour Programme Announced

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IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced the full details of a 17.8 million Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Irelands publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network.

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In announcing the initiative the Minister said: “I am delighted to announce the full details of my Departments €17.8 million Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme for 2015. I have set aside €14.9 million towards safety, maintenance and new development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Rossaveel and Killybegs, in addition to the completion of infrastructural improvement and storm damage repair works at North Harbour, Cape Clear which is also owned by my Department.”

Flagship projects in the 2015 Capital Programme (see full report) include major dredging works at Dunmore East, the provision of small craft harbours and pontoons in Howth, Rossaveal and Killybegs, electrical upgrading in Castletownbere, and necessary remedial works to the main pier in Dingle. In addition, the Bull Nose Development and the Duffy’s Pier storm damage repair projects at North Harbour Cape Clear are to be completed.

The Minister went on to say: “I have also allocated €1.5 million for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme in 2015, and as an exceptional measure I am also providing in the region of €1.4 million to facilitate the completion of a number of Local Authority Storm Damage projects which were approved in 2014 as part of the Governments response to the extreme weather conditions in late 2013 and early 2014, but not completed by the Local Authorities in 2014 due to time constraints and other issues. My Department will be contacting the Local authorities regarding these schemes shortly.”

The Minister concluded by saying: “This is a significant level of investment in Ireland’s publicly owned fisheries and local harbour network. It will continue the implementation of the Governments strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast, benefitting a broad cohort of stakeholders including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, marine tourism and leisure and the wider rural coastal communities.”