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Announcement Of The Coastal Protection Programme 2008

Mr John Browne T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today announced that he has allocated more than €3 million for important coastal protection works around the country in 2008.

"Ireland must continue to protect our coastline, sections of which are constantly under threat from erosion. Being an island community, our coastline is one of our most important natural resources and is of particular importance to our tourism industry. The coastal protection programme aims to construct works that slow or even halt erosion in places where the coastline is at its most vulnerable," said Minister Browne."The programme provides funding to a number of projects which are being managed by my Department's Engineering Division. The most significant of these is the Coastal Protection Strategy Study which will continue into phases 2 and 3 in 2008. On completion, this study will determine future priorities in the area and how best to allocate our resources to ensure the preservation of our coastline and achieve the best value for money for taxpayers." Other existing projects receiving funding include Geographic Information System (GIS) maintenance and development; tide gauges and wave buoys.

Minister Browne announced that funding of €900,000 has been already been allocated under the 2008 programme to emergency works at Inch beach, Co. Kerry. Other projects in Local Authority areas receiving funding include Ross in Co. Clare, Strandhill in Co. Sligo, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, in Co. Waterford, Clonakilty, Co. Cork and Casson Sound, Co. Donegal. In addition, coastal protection works will continue at St. Helens Bay and Curracloe in Co. Wexford.

A full listing of all the coastal protection projects to receive funding in 2008 is beneath.

Coastal Protection Programme 2008

Total DAFF Contribution
National Coastal Protection Strategy Study (Phases 2 & 3) €355,000
Detailed survey of selected coastal areas (Phase 1) €150,000
GIS maintenance and development €1,000
Tide gauges and wave buoys €10,000
Rosslare Maintenance €51,000
PRISM Maintenance €50,000
Ross, Co Clare Rock armour and gambions €180,000
Clonakilty, Co Cork Tidal barrage €89,900
Derrylaghan, Kilcar, Co Donegal Protection of road €63,750
Mountcharles, Co Donegal Coast road wall €75,000
Casson Sound, Co Donegal Protection of road €75,000
Kerrykeel, Rosnakill, Co Donegal Protection of road €60,000
Burrow Road, Sutton, Co Dublin Protection of Dunes €50,000
Inch, Co Kerry Emergency Coastal Protection Works €900,000
Baltray, Co Louth Embankment and flood wall €56,250
Bertra, Westport, Co Mayo Rock armour and gambions €75,000
Laytown/Bettystown Beach, Co Meath Environmental Impact Statement on beach nourishment €45,000
Strandhill, Co Sligo Effluent treatment plant protection €136,165
Courtown, Co Wexford Coastal Protection/Beach Nourishment Scheme €150,000
Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford Earthworks including rock armouring €137,685
Duncannon, Co Wexford Completion of 2000 scheme: Protection works to lifeguards platform €33,750
St. Helens Bay, Co Wexford Completion of 2007 scheme access steps €63,750
Morriscastle, Co Wexford Protection works to beach access €18,750
Curracloe, Co Wexford Repairs to sand dune fencing sleepers to accesses €37,500
Tinaberna Area, Co Wexford Coastal protection /Rock revetment €75,000
Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow Dune protection €22,500
Arklow, North Beach, Co Wicklow Assess stability of existing rock armour revetment and carry out essential repairs €75,000
Grand Total
€3,037,000

Date Released: 30 April 2008