State gives €8m to repair battered harbours while €15m is put into fisheries
STORM damage at more than 100 piers and harbours is being repaired at a cost of more than €8m.
A further €15m will be spent developing and maintaining major fishery and boating harbours.
The devastating effect of winter storms that pounded Ireland's coastline has prompted an extensive programme of reconstruction work announced by Agriculture and Marine Minister Simon Coveney yesterday.
The minister said state funds would be available for immediate repairs as "we are all too well aware of the damage wreaked on our harbour network during the winter storms".
Galway, Mayo and Wexford county councils will receive the biggest payouts to repair damage to piers and slipways.
And the north harbour on Cape Clear in Co Cork will get €1.3m for work on its 'bull nosed' pier.
Some €14.63m will be spent on developing fishery harbours to boost the fishing industry and seafood sector.
This includes €11.63m allocated towards safety, maintenance and new development works at Howth, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros a Mhil and Killybegs, as well as the construction work on Cape Clear and a €4m dredging project at Dunmore East.
Meanwhile, €3m is being allocated for harbour development and marine leisure programmes. A small craft harbour is being developed in Killybegs.
Mr Coveney said the funds "will repair the storm damage to our vitally important fisheries piers and harbours network, and will develop our harbours for the benefit of our seafood industry".
In Wexford, 10 harbours will be repaired at a cost of €1.5m, with more than €1m to be spent at two parts of Courtown Harbour. In Mayo, 22 piers and harbours will be repaired at a total cost of €1.2m.
In Galway, 15 piers and harbours will receive a total of €2m, with the biggest repair work in An Cheathru Rua at Ce Sruthan Pier and Ce Pointe and in Lettermore at Ce na Tra Ban and Ce Annaghvaan.
In Donegal, 21 piers and harbours are to be repaired at a cost of €750,000.