€1.6m spent and still no sign of Cromane pier

TIM RYAN, OIREACHTAS CORRESPONDENT

To date €1.6 million has been spent on a new pier for Cromane but there is not even a defined access route or site for the pier, Fine Gael Deputy Tom Sheahan has told the Dáil.

Speaking during Question Time, Minister of State Sean Connick said there were a number of difficulties with the application to An Bord Pleanála for this pier.

In 2009 the Board annulled the Kerry County Council compulsory purchase order as the route for the road access outlined in that application was different from that which went to public notice in 2005. There are also difficulties with land acquisition.

"It is my intention to visit Kerry and I will be interested in what progress, if any, has been made with the €1.6 million committed to the project by my Department. There was no call for funding in 2010 because the Department had to honour contractual commitments and it did not have Exchequer funding to provide more money to the project. The Deputy should liaise closely with the county council regarding this project," Minister Connick said.

Deputy Sheahan said nothing can be seen on the ground for the €1.6 million.

"The site for the pier has changed on a number of occasions," he said. "The site seems to be the most expensive but I am not an engineer. One must take the Ring of Kerry to get direct access to the proposed pier.

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