Cork coastal slipways and pontoons approved for funding

Cork coastal slipways and pontoons approved for funding
Cod Fishing from Monkstown Pier. More than €30,000 has been approved to upgrade the pier's steps and slipway. Picture Des Barry

Youghal, Monkstown, Aghada, Kilcrohane, Dunboy and Aghabeg will receive grants for slipway upgrades, new piers and new pontoons and gangways.

The Cork projects were amongst 51 nationwide coastal developments approved for funding by the Minister for the Marin Michael Creed.

The total cost will be €2.8m providing funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to the enhancement of harbour facilities.

Youghal Town will be granted €112,500 for the supply and installation of a pontoon and gangway. Monkstown Pier has been granted €32,250 to upgrade the existing slipway and steps. The Lower Aghada Pier was approved for €56,250 for a new of apron slab, launching area, rock armour, surfacing, barriers and lighting. Aghabeg Pier will receive €50,000 to upgrade the existing slipway, install navigation aid and lighting and upgrade parking. Kilcrohane Pier was approved for €26,250 to upgrade the existing slipway and parking area. Dunboy Pier will receive €33,750 to construct a new pier deck, walls and steps.

The funding programme forms part of the Department of the Marines’ Fishery harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% the total cost of approved projects with the local councils providing the balance.

“The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities," Minister Creed said.

"They play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation.”

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