Irish Harbour Network to Get Millions of Euros in Government Support

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Posted January 29, 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Irish government on Sunday announced it is committing a €35.7 million Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network.

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. The primary function of the Fishery Harbour Centres is to underpin the ongoing development of the fisheries and seafood processing sectors while also facilitating other diverse marine related activities.

Flagship projects in the 2019 Capital Programme include the continuation of the Dinish Island quay extension at Castletownbere (€17.5 million in 2019), the Smooth Point extension Phase 2 at Killybegs (€4.0 million in 2019) and the provision of additional berthing space on the Middle Pier in Howth (€4.5 million in 2019).

“The quay extension projects in Castletownbere, Killybegs and Howth will collectively provide an additional 460 metres of berthing space in the respective harbours recognising the growing levels of fishing activity in particular, but also the increasing demands from other sectors including commercial cargo, leisure and tourism and cruise liners. These projects are also under consideration for co-funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund,” the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed said Sunday.

€2.48 million has been set aside for safety, maintenance and disability access works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres and at North Harbour, Cape Clear which is also owned by the Department. In addition €2 million is earmarked 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.

“This €35.7 million investment will build on the €96 million invested in the Fishery Harbour Centres since 2010 and the €27 million invested in the Local Authority infrastructure over the same period. Improving the standards of facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast attracts increasing and additional economic activities, benefitting a broad cohort of current and future harbour users including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, and the wider rural coastal communities,” said the minister.

Source: Big News Network