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Minister Of State Tony Killeen Officially Opens Phase 1 Of The Castletownbere Development And Announces Funding Of €6.5 Million For Dinish Wharf Extension In 2009

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Tony Killeen TD, today visited Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre to officially open the 120 metre length of new quay at Dinish Island which has been operational since October 2008.

The new quay allows for larger vessels carrying deeper draft and will accommodate the new modern vessels which have entered the Castletownbere fleet. While in Castletownbere, the Minister of State announced that the total investment under the 2009 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Programme for the Castletownbere project will be in excess of €6.5 million. This will complete the quay development at Dinish Island and provide a total of 210 meters of new quay with modern facilities. Special mention was given to the RNLI and Minister Killeen paid tribute to the valuable contribution they make to the safety of all seafarers.

¿During my visit to Castletownbere I took the opportunity to meet fishermen and to hear at first hand the issues of importance to them and I am committed to continuing to work closely with the federation of Irish Fishermen which includes the Irish South and West Fishermen's Organisation to advance and resolve as many issues as possible and to drive forward the development of the industry as set down in the Cawley Strategy¿.

23 January, 2009

Date Released: 23 January 2009