Ireland’s harbours get €17.8 million boost

IRELAND’S fishery harbours will receive €17.8 million of investment, Irish fisheries minister Simon Coveney announced today.
Flagship projects will 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.
‘I am delighted to announce the full details of my department’s €17.8 million Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme for 2015,’ said the minister.
‘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.
‘This is a significant level of investment in Ireland’s publicly owned fisheries and local harbour network.
‘It will continue the implementation of the government’s  strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our fishery harbour centres and other public harbours around our coast, benefiting 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.’