Irish harbour improvements

Busy Killybegs will get additional berthing for the fishing fleet Busy Killybegs will get additional berthing for the fishing fleet

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has approved a €27.9m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbour network, Dag Pike reports.

The Annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme provides funding for safety, maintenance and new development works at the six fishery harbour centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros an Mhíl and Killybegs which account for 82% of all quota fish landings into Ireland. The primary function of the Fishery Harbour Centres is to underpin the ongoing development of the sea fisheries and seafood processing sectors while also facilitating other diverse marine related activities.

The main project in this funding will be the Dinish Island quay extension at Castletownbere which has €7million allocated this year. This project is designed to double the size of the quay space and to extend the breakwater at this major fishing port located in the southwest of Ireland.

At Ros an Mhil located in Galway Bay on the West Coast, close to €1/2 million has been allocated for a new slipway and a smaller sum for the initial preparation work on the construction of a deep water quay for the fishing fleet that will include a reclaimed land area. This will provide 200 metres of alongside berthing. Close to €1 million has been allocated for work at Howth on the East Coast for the construction of an additional berthing face to the Middle Pier and for dredging works alongside the pier. €1.2 million has been allocated to Phase 2 of the Killybegs Smooth Point expansion and the Landing Pier upgrade which will provide additional berthing for the fishing fleet.

The Minister said “I have set aside almost €2.47m towards safety, maintenance and development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres and at North Harbour, Cape Clear which is also owned by my Department. I have also allocated €2m for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership.”

Applications for 50% co-funding from the European Fishery Expansion Fund have been submitted and this will facilitate the harbour expansion work.

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