More than €35m in funding has been approved to further develop Ireland's harbour's including €17.5 million to continue work on the Dinish Island quay extension in Castletownbere.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced details of the Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network.
The funding provides for safety, maintenance and new development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros An Mhíl and Killybegs.
Flagship projects in the 2019 Capital Programme include the continuation of the Dinish Island quay extension at Castletownbere at €17.5m, the Smooth Point extension Phase 2 at Killybegs at €4.0m, and the provision of additional berthing space on the Middle Pier in Howth at €4.5m.
In addition, €2m is earmarked for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership.
The Minister said improving the standards of facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres attracts increasing and additional economic activities "benefitting a broad cohort of current and future harbour users including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, and the wider rural coastal communities."