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Minister John Browne announces funding of over €23 million for Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development in 2008

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, John Browne TD, today announced a Development Programme for Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Projects throughout the country worth over €23m. Funding is being allocated to projects that have been identified as priorities by both the Local Authorities and the Department's Engineering Division.

Significant development work is being undertaken at Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre this year. The total investment for 2008 is in excess of €9.5m which includes an allocation of €8m for the new quay construction works. 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. Minister Browne confirmed that this year's investment included grant-aid of €1m for the provision of a lifeboat shore facility for the RNLI which is due to be constructed on reclaimed foreshore within Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre.

Minister Browne announced that investment at Greencastle will continue in 2008. Grant aid of €3.6m has been approved for Donegal County Council which will enable continued progress on the construction of the breakwater at Greencastle. This project is being carried out and managed on behalf of Donegal County Council by the Department's Engineers "whose expertise and experience in this type of work is widely acknowledged as being of the highest standard." It is also a good example of effective and productive cooperation between the Department and Local Authorities.

In addition to the funding of the six main Fishery Harbour Centres and the Greencastle project, the 2008 programme also proposes significant expenditure on various small harbours. These are harbours around our coastline under Local Authority control that both supplement and underpin the activities undertaken in our larger harbours. "The harbours themselves are of great importance and enable the provision of employment and economic support to coastal communities." The value of the contribution made by these harbours is acknowledged in the Department's allocation of over €6m in grant aid.

Minister Browne advised that in addition to the Programme announced today he hopes to be in a position to shortly announce significant funding for the construction of pontoons at Ross an Mhíl Fishery Harbour Centre.

A table listing all the projects to receive funding in 2008 is beneath.

Fisheries Harbour Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2008

Fishery Harbour Centres

Safety and maintenance (all Fishery Harbour Centres) €1,750,000
Disability access (all Fishery Harbour Centres) €270,000

Castletownbere

Dinish wharf extension €8,000,000
RNLI pontoon €1,000,000
Effluent treatment upgrade €40,000
Mainland quay extension and provision of slipway €200,000

Dingle

Dingle harbour dredging €40,000
Removal of old slipway €60,000
Additional berthing pontoons €765,000

Dunmore East

Harbour development project €30,000
Harbour sedimentation/dredging study €50,000
Repairs to East Pier - Phase 2 €350,000
Erection of safety railing/walkway €10,000
Upgrading slipway and access to west wharf €30,000

Howth

Installation of powerpoints €50,000
Upgrade of CCTV system €15,000
Maintenance dredging of harbour €100,000

Killybegs

Environmental management study €50,000

Ros An Mhíl

Gear Store and workshop building €600,000
Onshore works €300,000

Local Authority Projects Managed by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Engineering Division)

Clare County Council

Doonbeg - Harbour developments €525,000

Donegal County Council

Greencastle - Phase 1 of harbour development programme €3,600,000

Galway County Council

Doonloughan Pier - Repairs to access road and pier €75,000
Bunowen Pier - Underpinning works and installation of safety utilities €71,250

Kerry County Council

Cromane - Construction pier, breakwater, access road and dredging of entrance channel €750,000

Mayo County Council

Purteen, Achill - Assessment of development options €11,250

Other Local Authority Projects

Cork County Council (Western Division)

Crookhaven - Phase 1 of harbour development €525,000
Adams Quay Kinsale - Redevelopment of pier €105,399
Cape Clear - Computer generate modelling survey €100,000

Cork County Council

Ballycotton - Remedial works to breakwater €500,000
Garnish Pier - Phase 3 slipway development €192,084

Donegal County Council

Buncrana - Construction of breakwater €900,000
Mountcharles - Installation of sluice valve €9,000
Moville - Improvement to slipway and decking on pier €22,500
Glengad - Repairs to slipway €13,125
Rathmelton - Construction of slipway €37,500

Fingal County Council

Balbriggan - Improvements to structural fabric of harbour to repair storm damage €30,000
Skerries - Planning and design for harbour repair and upgrade €30,000

Galway County Council

Wallace Quay - New slipway, pier repair and new access road €75,000

Kerry County Council

Tarbert - Continuation of pier stabilisation works €37,500
Scraggane - Completion of pier extension works €75,000
Knightstown - Completion of concrete breakwater €75,000
Renard - Works to pier €600,000
Tahilla - Provision of concrete slipway €75,000
Caherciveen - Completion of slipway and apron €5,625

Limerick County Council

Pier at Ballysteen, Askeaton - Repairs to pier €7,500

Mayo County Council

Roigh - Complete wall, carparking area and provision of new slipway €75,000
Cloghans - Complete works to deck and hardstand of slipway €75,000
Bundorragha - New slipway and pier improvements €75,000

Sligo County Council

Raghly Harbour - Completion of harbour crest wall and armour and repairs to top of outer wall, stabilisation to core of pier head and some armour protection €225,000

Wexford County Council

Kilmore Quay Main Project - Improve pier services preliminary design, detailed design and contract document €262,500
Kilurin Pier - Completion of slipway €26,250
Duncannon Pier - Structural repairs, safety improvements and improvement works to slipway €150,000
St Helen's Pier - Health and safety improvements to slipway €9,000
Carne Pier - Structural repairs and safety improvements €56,250
St Kierans Pier, Bannow Bay - EIA on preferred options, planning, foreshore licences €56,250
Courtown - Harbour condition survey, prioritisation and tender documents €45,000
Fethard Harbour - Prepare bill of quantities, specifications and detailed drawing €75,000
Cahore Pier - Structural repairs and safety improvements €37,500

Miscellaneous Maintenance Projects

€20,000

Date Released: 18 February 2008