Minister McConalogue to invest €35 million during 2022 in Ireland’s six fishery harbour centres

Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue is set to invest €35 million during 2022 in Ireland’s six fishery harbour centres such as Dunmore East, above

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, today announced the allocation of €35m for capital projects in 2022 in Ireland’s six state-owned Fishery Harbour Centres at Killybegs, Ros an Mhíl, An Daingean, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth through the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme. 

Announcing the investment, the Minister commented “The facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres are critical to the seafood industry and it is important to that we continue to modernise and innovate in the services they provide.  This increased investment demonstrates this Government’s serious commitment to supporting the fishing industry and rural coastal communities. The investment underpins the emphasis in Food Vision 2030 on supporting primary producers.”

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In 2020 just under 90% of all fish landed into Ireland arrived at the Fishery Harbour Centres.   In that same year, BIM valued the Irish seafood industry at €1.069bn GDP.

Two flagship projects, namely the Middle Pier berthing face project, Howth (€3m in 2022), the Dinish Quay extension in Castletownbere (€7.5m), are expected to be completed under the 2022 Programme. In addition, I am allocating €5.5m to advance the Smooth Point project in Killybegs.  The recently announced Deep Water Quay at Ros an Mhíl will also be come within the Programme and a tender for detailed design for this project has been published.  The Programme also supports maintenance at Cape Clear and a small number of piers, lights and beacons around the coast in accordance with the 1902 ex-congested Districts Board Piers, Lights and Beacons Act.  A number of projects to improve resource consumption and energy efficiency are also planned in line with the Government’s Climate Action Plan.

The Minister noted the economic importance of supporting the sector: “With almost 3,000 people directly employed in fisheries and a further 13,500 employed either directly or indirectly across the seafood sector, these investments will contribute to maintaining existing jobs and provide the scope to create employment opportunities.  Paired with the roll out of the recommendations of the Seafood Sector Task Force, I hope this announcement sends a strong signal that we are committed to supporting and developing the sector to be resilient to the challenge of  adjusting to the impact of Brexit.”

The funding provided under this scheme is in addition to the new record €35m Brexit Adjustment Local Authority Marine Infrastructure Scheme 2022/23 which the Minister launched recently to support local authority piers and harbours.

The Fishery Harbour Centres and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme delivers on Action 145 in the Programme for Government to “Invest strategically in harbour infrastructure to attract increased landings into Ireland of sustainably caught fish in our waters, driving the development of the seafood processing sector and the blue economy in coastal communities.”

Table 1 (Below) provides the details of the overall Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2021.  Funding for the Programme comes from the Department’s Vote and the Fishery Harbour Centre Fund

Table 1- Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2022

Location Project Description

Cost €m

Howth:-

 

East Pier storage sheds – upgrade and waterproofing of structure

 

Boatyard Surfacing Upgrade

 

Middle Pier Berthing face

 

Harbour Dredging

 

Harbour Workshop

 

CCTV Upgrade

 

Fisherman’s toilet & shower facility

 

 

200,000

400,000

3,000,000

1,500,000

750,000

75,000

100,000

 

Total

6,025,000

Dunmore East:-

 

West Wharf Fishing Pontoon Extension

 

New Retaining Wall along cliff

 

Workshop Upgrade

 

Syncrolift Repair/Upgrade Works

 

Water Metering

 

X-Block protection of East Pier breakwater

 

Industrial Effluent Pipeline

 

Replace Building at Site 18

 

200,000

40,000

200,000

200,000

300,000

500,000

250,000

50,000

 

Total

1,740,000

Castletownbere:

 

Syncrolift Fendering Replacement

 

Mainland Quay Wall Repairs

 

Dinish Wharf Expansion

 

Slipway

 

Syncrolift Dredging & Upgrade Works

 

Harbour support facilities, Dinish

 

Small Craft Harbour on Dinish Island

 

Oil Tanks Re-location on Dinish Island

 

Water Metering & New Sewer Installation

 

Replace Piles at ferry slipway

 

Upgrade Public Lighting

 

Dinish Island Traffic Management Study

 

20,000

500,000

7,500,000

100,000

300,000

500,000

50,000

450,000

900,000

350,000

80,000

50,000

 

 

Total

10,800,000

Dingle:-

Renewable Energy Upgrade on all FHC Buildings

 

East basin Passenger Pontoon Replacement

 

Remedial Works to East side of Main Pier

 

Western Marina Extension – Dredging, Floating Breakwater & Marina

 

Old Ice Plant & Old Boatyard Site Redevelopment

 

Upgrade Marine Facilities Building

 

750,000

400,000

200,000

250,000

100,000

30,000

 

Total

1,730,000

Ros An Mhil:-

Water Metering

 

Deep Water Quay

 

SCH Phase 3

 

Upgrade of HM offices

 

Welfare Building

 

Tarmac SCH Road

 

Upgrade of CCTV system

400,000

1,500,000

1,000,000

200,000

250,000

20,000

40,000

 

Total

3,410,000

Killybegs:-

 

Water Control Measures

 

Energy Saving measures

 

Pile on Blackrock Pier & Landing Pier

 

Smooth Point Pier Extension

 

Landing Pier fendering

 

Small Craft Harbour Service Building

 

Provision of Harbour Master Stores

 

Provision of Workshop Stores

500,000

900,000

1,200,000

5,500,000

50,000

850,000

150,000

50,000

 

Total

9,200,000

Cape Clear:-

Duffy’s Pier Remedial Works Phase 2 & Road Improvement Works

 

Disability Access

 

Safety & Maintenance

400,000

10,000

40,000

 

Total

450,000

 

 

PLB’s:- Piers, Lights, Beacons

Total

24,000

 

 

6 FHC’s:- Safety and Maintenance

Total

1,900,000

 

 

 

6 FHC’s:- Disability Access

Total

120,000

 

 

 

Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2022

 

35,399,000

 

Photo 1: Minister McConalogue with Alan Tully (Sisk) at Howth Harbour

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