Tuesday 19 June 2018

Funds to improve safety at pier where tragedy claimed five lives

The pier at Buncrana where five members of the same family lost their lives
The pier at Buncrana where five members of the same family lost their lives
Gardai at the scene at Buncrana Pier in Co Donegal.
The pier at Buncrana, Co Donegal Picture: Caroline Quinn

Laura Lynott

Some €16,500 has been allocated by the Government to improve safety measures in Buncrana, two years after the pier tragedy that claimed five lives.

The Co Donegal seaside town becomes one of 52 local authority harbour projects to receive Government funding as part of the €2.2m Capital Investment Programme.

The cash injection, under the heading 'Safety Measures Buncrana' will include a programme to carry out "refurbishment of all safety equipment at Buncrana, to include mainly the provision of crash barriers, signage, ladders, toe rails and infill under the steps".

Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Michael Creed yesterday announced the funding for the harbour projects nationwide.

The minister said the money for all the council-owned harbours was "essential to the well-being of rural coastal communities".

Five people lost their lives when their vehicle slid off Buncrana pier on March 20, 2016.

Sean McGrotty, his children Mark (12) and Evan (8), his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and his wife's sister, Jodie-Lee Daniels (14), all died when the car slid off the pier into Lough Swilly.

A four-month-old baby girl was the sole survivor.

Irish Independent

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