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Piers and harbours around the country are getting a facelift with €23m funding

More than 115 piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the recent storms are getting funding for repair work.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

MORE THAN 115 piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the recent storms are to get funding of €8.5 million for repair work.

The package of funding of €23 million was announced by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney today.

Local Authorities

Funding of €7 million has been allocated to 111 projects to repair Local Authority owned storm damaged harbours, piers and slipways, as is €1.5 million for remediation work at four Department owned, non-Fishery Harbour Centres including €1.3 million for North Harbour Cape Clear.

However, the largest bulk of the funding – €14.63 million is being provided for harbour development in 2014, which Coveney says is a significant increase on the level of funding provided in 2013.

More than €11.63 million of this is allocated towards safety, maintenance and new development works at six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros a Mhíl and Killybegs, in addition to infrastructural improvement works at “bull nose” pier, North Harbour, Cape Clear.

These works also includes €4 million for dredging works at Dunmore East.

Over €3 million is going towards Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programmes.

Minister Coveney said today:

We are all too well aware of the damage wreaked on our harbour network during the winter storms.

I am delighted to announce as part of an extended capital programme for 2014, this significant funding for the immediate repair of piers and harbours across the country.

In terms of the funding going towards Fishery Harbour Centres Coveney said the funding is an indication of the Government’s commitment to developing our fishery harbours for the benefit of the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, tenants and the wider community.

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