announces €38.3 million in funding for Capital projects at Ireland’s six Fishery Harbour Centres including an enhanced scheme for 79 Local Authority harbours

€38 million funding for Capital projects at Ireland’s six Fishery Harbour Centres including enhanced scheme for 79 Local Authority harbours

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, today announced details of a €38.3m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network including 79 Local Authority Harbours across 12 coastal Local Authorities.

In announcing the 2021 programme, the Minister said, “I am delighted to announce this €38.3 million capital investment package in our six Fishery Harbour Centres and 79 Local Authority owned piers and harbours around our coast which underlines the importance this Government places on the contribution of the wider Seafood sector to Ireland’s economy and to rural coastal communities in particular.”

The Local Authority programme which forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2021 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance (see table 1 below).

In regard to the Local Authority scheme, the Minister stated, “It was important to me to place added importance on the Local Authority scheme this year and  I am pleased to be to in a position to announce an enhanced €4.2 million programme in 2021 to assist Coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under their ownership. This year I have redirected savings due to Covid limitations on other projects to increase the monies available to the Local Authorities resulting in a 35% increase in 2020 allocations. Together with funding from Local Authorities, the total amount to be invested in local piers and harbours in 2021 under this scheme comes to €5.6 million.”

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Minister McConologue went on to say, “The €4.2 million package I am making available this year provides funding for a diverse suite of 79 projects geographically spread across 12 Local Authorities which will improve the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas. It will provide a much needed economic boost to rural coastal communities particularly in these trying times and also make them more attractive to tourists in the longer term. During the pandemic, we have become more aware than ever of the importance of our outdoor spaces and local amenities. The continued upgrading and refurbishment of our local piers and harbours will support local fishers, tourism and will have numerous knock-on benefits for local economies. This again demonstrates our Government’s commitment to rural Ireland.”

Overall, the annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme provides funding for safety, maintenance and new development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros An Mhíl and Killybegs (see Table 2 below).  The primary function of the Fishery Harbour Centres is to underpin the ongoing development of the fisheries and seafood processing sectors, while also facilitating other diverse marine related activities.

The Minister said, “Critically, this year’s funding for the Fishery Harbour Centres provides for the completion of three strategically important projects in Castletownbere, Killybegs and Howth, delivering an additional 460 metres of berthing space in the respective harbours. These projects have experienced delays as a result of the necessary Covid restrictions.  This is in accordance with Action 65 of my Department’s 2021 Action Plan. Additionally, a number of new projects are commencing across the six Fishery Harbour Centres continuing the improvements being made in facilities available to fishermen and other harbour users.”

The Minister concluded by saying “All told, €140 million has been invested in the Fishery Harbour Centres between 2010 and 2020, with a further €31 million invested in Local Authority owned marine infrastructure over the same period. This years €38.3 million investment in 2021 will create short term employment in some of the most rural coastal communities during the works, as well as reinforcing the strategies for diversification and to develop an environment for long term, sustainable economic opportunities around our coast.”

Table 1 provides the details of the 79 approved capital projects across 12 Coastal Local Authorities approved for funding in 2021.

Table 2 provides the details of the overall Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2021.

Table 1- Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2021

County Council

Location

Works

Total Project Cost

Grant Aid Approved by DAFM

Clare County Council

Bournapeaka Pier (Ballyaughan)

Pier Repairs

200,000

150,000

Seafield Pier, Quilty

The installation of a crane to enable the fishermen to safely load and offload their boats.

35,000

26,250

Doolin Pier

Pier upgrades including installation of additional mooring bollards.

73,718

55,289

Carrowmore Slipway, Doonbeg

Reconstruction of the slipway wall.

30,000

22,500

Seafield Pier, Quilty

Repairs to pier

5,000

3,750

Doonmore Pier, Doonbeg

Provision of floating ramped access platform, to provide easy access between the pier & the floating pontoon platform.

35,000

26,250

Carrigaholt (old) Pier

Repairs and upgrade to pier

32,000

24,000

Carrigaholt (old) Pier

Repairs to quay wall

10,000

7,500

Seafield Pier, Quilty

Repairs to quay wall and slipway

25,000

18,750

                                                         Total Clare County Council

445,718

334,289

Cork County Council

Kinsale Harbour –  Fisherman’s Pontoon

Phase 1

Essential Pontoon Repairs

97,000

72,750

Keelbeg

Safety Improvement Works

200,000

150,000

Ballycotton Pier                        

Pier Improvement Works:                      

60,000

45,000

Ballycrovane Pier

Pier improvement works and safety signage

55,000

41,250

Kinsale Harbour – Slips  Phase 1

Slip Improvement works to various slips and safety signage                                            

80,000

60,000

Traavarra

Pier Remedial /Safety Improvement Works and safety signage                

30,000

22,500

Zetland Pier

Safety Improvement Works and safety signage.

124,000

93,000

Total Cork County Council

646,000

484,500

Donegal County Council

Leenan Slipway

Construction of slipway.

200,000

150,000

Portnoo Crane

Installation of a pier crane and associated works.

80,000

60,000

Greencastle

Electrical upgrade and installation of CCTV

80,000

60,000

Ballyshannon

Slipway Repair

40,000

30,000

Downings

Repair works

40,000

30,000

Bunaninver

Pier head repairs and provision of signage and railings.

30,000

22,500

Binwee (Magheragallon)

Pier upgrade works.

30,000

22,500

Bundoran Pier

Pier repairs and upgrade

40,000

30,000

Portnablagh Pier

Pier and slipway upgrade, signage railings etc.

30,000

22,500

Mevagh

Installation of berthing pontoon and access gangway

200,000

150,000

Lahardan

Breakwater repairs

40,000

30,000

Ballywhoriskey

New pontoon, anchors and access gangway.

40,000

30,000

Total Donegal County Council

850,000

637,500

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Coliemore Harbour

Remedial repairs.

100,000

75,000

Traders Wharf, Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Water and electrical upgrades

45,000

33,750

West Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Installation of  pontoon.

40,000

30,000

Total Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

185,000

138,750

Fingal County Council

Loughshinny Harbour

Reconditioning and re-strengthening of pavement and sea wall and ancillaries

80,000

60,000

Skerries

Replacement of existing AToN serving Skerries Harbour, Replacement of existing fenders serving the outer pier at Skerries Harbour

70,000

52,500

Balbriggan Harbour

Replacement and installation of 3 x ladders serving Balbriggan Harbour

40,000

30,000

Total Fingal County Council

190,000

142,500

Galway County Council

Inisboffin Harbour

Upgrade works, safety works, replace moorings etc.

138,984

104,238

Cleggan

Repair and upgrading works to pier and crane

90,800

68,100

Safety Bundle 1. Aughrusmor, Ard Mór Pier, Kilkieran, Aibhnin, Maumeen, Caladh Feenish, Trawbaun

Safety works

75,000

56,250

Derryinver

Repair works and safety signage

50,000

37,500

An tOilean Mór

Repair and safety works and safety signage

22,000

16,500

Safety Bunde 2. Rinville, Blackweir, Killeenaran, Tarrea, Kinvarra, Parkmore, Newtown Lynch Pier

Repair works and safety signage

50,000

37,500

Garafin – Rosmuc

Repair and safety works and safety signage

34,000

25,500

Total Galway County Council

460,784

345,588

Kerry County Council

Dún Chaoin Pier

Repair works and development of new slipway

100,000

75,000

Knightstown Marina

Replace breakwater pontoon and electrical bollards at Knightstown Marina

145,000

108,750

Dooneen Pier (Feohanagh)

Repair works

40,000

30,000

Total Kerry County Council 

285,000

213,750

Mayo County Council

Porturlin Harbour

Improvement works on the Pier/sea wall

200,000

150,000

Purteen Harbour Achill

Remediation works on slipway and safety improvement works.

45,000

33,750

Roigh

Remedial works on pier.

70,000

52,500

Rinroe Pier, Kilgalligan

Safety improvement works, replacement of ladders and railings

60,000

45,000

Killerduff Pier

Remove rocks and debris from harbour area. Repairs to slipway and breakwater wall.

60,000

45,000

Belderrig Pier

Safety improvement works, including replacement of the existing winch system, ladders and railings.

150,000

112,500

Kilcummin Harbour

Repairs to old breakwater wall, and safety works to slipway and pier.

100,000

75,000

Mulranny

Remedial works to pier / sea wall.

150,000

112,500

Total Mayo County Council

835,000

626,250

Sligo County  Council

Aughris Pier

Repairs to pier.

70,000

52,500

Easkey Pier

Pier repairs

200,000

150,000

Total Sligo County Council

270,000

202,500

Waterford County Council

Helvick Pier

Pier upgrades

200,000

150,000

Tramore North Pier

Pier upgrade and remediation works

200,000

150,000

Cheekpoint Pier

Pier repair, upgrade and remediation works..

200,000

150,000

Ballinacourty Pier

Pier repairs and small scale dredging.

70,000

52,500

Bunmahon Slipway – West Side

installation of handrails to existing slipway for health and safety improvements.

10,000

7,500

Total Waterford County Council

680,000

510,000

Wexford County Council

Kilmore Quay 1

Upgrade of power points

80,000

60,000

Kilmore Quay 2

Repair to Quay walls

25,000

18,750

Duncannon 1

New Waste Oil Tank

20,000

15,000

Kilmore Quay 3

Mooring Bollards

25,000

18,750

Fethard harbour

Public lighting of harbour

40,000

30,000

Ballyhack

Mooring rings, repointing

30,000

22,500

Wexford Harbour 1

Remedial works to Ferrybank slipway

30,000

22,500

Kilmore Quay 4

Access ladder on west pier

18,000

13,500

Wexford Harbour 2

Power supply on quay

60,000

45,000

New Ross Marina

Repair works to marina

25,000

18,750

Kilmore Quay Marina 1

Repair works to marina

30,000

22,500

Cahore 1

Provide barrier system on slipway

20,000

15,000

Killurin

Repair of quay walls

12,000

9,000

Kilmore Quay Marina 2

Painting of marina piles

30,000

22,500

Total Wexford County Council

445,000

333,750

Wicklow County Council

Inner Dock, South Quay Arklow  and Main Berth on South Quay, Arklow

Replacement of fenders with new fendering system.

60,000

45,000

South Quay, Wicklow

Pier upgrade, safety works and utility upgrade.

70,000

52,500

North and South Quay, Arklow

Ladder replacement programme throughout Arklow Harbour – Quays and Piers

45,000

33,750

South Quay, Arklow Harbour

Upgrading works to the slipway at the Inner Dock, South Quay.

35,000

26,250

Greystones Harbour

Safety works including installation of demarcation buoys and the provision of a swim raft/platform within the public harbour.

32,000

24,000

Wicklow Harbour

Repairs and surfacing of sections of the slipway.

30,000

22,500

Total Wicklow County Council

272,000

204,000

Total Projects Cost

5,564,502

 

Total Grant Aid Approved

 

4,173,377

 

Table 2- Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2021

 

Location

Project Description

Cost €m

 

Howth:-

 

 

Middle Pier Berthing Face

Harbour Workshop

Harbour Master & Engineering Office

Harbour Dredging

Other Contractual Commitments

CCTV Upgrade

Fishermans’ toilet & shower facility

No 11 West Pier Building Upgrade

Boat store upgrade

Safety and Maintenance

Disability Access

 

6.00

0.90

0.05

0.20

0.30

0.075

0.15

0.25

0.05

0.30

0.02

 

 

Total

8.295

 

Dunmore East:-

 

South Pier/Wharf upgrade work

Site 18 – Replace building

X-Block protection of East Pier breakwater

Industrial Effluent Pipeline

Water Metering

Other Contractual Commitments

Safety and Maintenance

Disability Access

0.30

0.25

0.60

0.50

0.40

0.05

0.30

0.02

 

 

Total

2.42

 

Castletownbere:

 

 

Dinish Island pier extension

Castletownbere Slipway

Mainland Quay Wall repairs

Syncrolift Dredging upgrade works

Water Metering

Re-route Dinish Sewer network

Other Contractual Commitments

Safety and Maintenance

Disability Access

6.8

2.00

0.35

0.70

0.50

0.40

0.65

0.35

0.02

 

 

Total

11.77

 

Dingle:-

 

Upgrade Marine Facilities Building

Other Contractual Commitments

Safety and Maintenance

Disability Access

 

0.50

0.30

0.30

0.02

 

 

Total

1.12

 

 

Ros an Mhíl:-

 

 

Deep Water Quay

Upgrade of Harbour Master offices

Net storage Area

CCTV upgrade

Other Contractual commitments

Safety and Maintenance

Disability Access

 

0.10

0.20

0.10

0.03

0.39

     0.25

0.02

 

Total

1.09

Killybegs:-

 

 

Smooth Point Pier Extension (Phase 2)

Small Craft Harbour service building

Landing Pier Fendering

Boat Repair Building Extension

Harbour Master stores

Plant & Material storage shed in shipyard

Other Contractual Commitments

Safety and Maintenance

Disability Access       

 

6.50

0.65

0.55

0.07

0.25

0.25

0.02

0.40

0.02

 

 

Total

8.71

Total FHC’s

 

33.405

 

Cape Clear

 

Safety and Maintenance

Duffy’s Pier remedial works (Phase 2) & road improvement

Disability Access       

 

0.04

0.60

0.01

 

Total

0.65

Local Authority

Local Authority Programme

4.2

PLBs

Piers, Lights and Beacons

0.024

Total

Total 2021 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme

38.279

           

 

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