Record Irish investment announced – Fishupdate.com

Record Irish investment announced Published:  27 April, 2007

John Browne

IRELAND’S Marine Minister John Browne has announced a record investment of nearly €33.32 million in new harbour and coastal infrastructure projects around the country.

The projects being funded are those that have been identified as priorities by both the local authorities and the marine department’s engineering division.

The single most significant new project being undertaken this year is the construction of a new quay at Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre. €12 million has been allocated for this project alone. The development of the harbour will allow for larger vessels carrying deeper draft and will accommodate all of the new modern vessels which have entered the Castletownbere fleet.

“The enhancement of our harbours and coastal infrastructure is an integral part of the Government’s Marine Strategy which I launched with An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern T.D. earlier this year. The funding provided today is concrete evidence of the Government’s commitment to following through on this strategy and ensuring a vibrant and sustainable future for the Irish seafood industry,” commented the Minister.

In addition to the funding of the five main Fishery Harbour Centres the 2007 programme also proposes significant expenditure on small harbours. They are those harbours around our coastline under Local Authority control which supplement and underpin the activities undertaken in our larger harbours.

“Small harbours are the basis for the inshore fisheries and it is vital that local fishermen have access to safe, efficient harbours that ensure their contribution to the economy and help our coastal communities flourish,” continued the Minister.

“In addition to their importance to the fishing industry, many of the small harbours around our coastline are also crucial for the growth in maritime leisure activities and indeed in many cases can be the heart of a local community. The funding provided here today is the first step along a path that will improve safety within our harbours for all users of the facilities,” concluded Minister Browne.

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