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Marine Minister Announces Funding For 58 Local Authority Harbour Projects

19th May 2020
Kinsale Harbour is one of 58 harbours and slipways that will benefit from the new package for local authority works Kinsale Harbour is one of 58 harbours and slipways that will benefit from the new package for local authority works Photo: Wikimedia

Marine Michael Creed has today (Tuesday 19 May) announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal local authorities in 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them.

The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

Minister Creed said: “I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist coastal local authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture-linked marine infrastructures under their ownership.”

The local authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2020 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.

The minister said the harbours in receipt of this funding “are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities”.

He added: “The €3.1m I have made available in 2020 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. This enlarged scheme will provide a much needed economic boost to these communities, given the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on rural areas.

“The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 10 local authorities and will not only create local construction employment over the lifetime of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider marine community in these coastal areas.”

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2020


County Council



Grant Aid Approved


County Council


Carrigaholt Pier

Essential repairs and reconstruction of section of old pier wall.




Bournapeaka Pier (Ballyvaughan)

Underpin mid section of pier. Remove and replace cracked section of pier. Remove section of deck and replace tying into repaired section of quay. Remove and relay cut stone along pier edge.



Ballyvaughan Pier

Installation of flood gate and 3 no. flap valves. Provision of rock armour to protect pier wall.



Total Clare











County Council



















Ballycotton Pier

Provide additional berthage at the deepest section of the pier. Fit 1 No. new navigation light at harbour entrance. Install new fenders at head of main pier.



Kinsale Harbour – Pier at Fisherman’s Pontoon

Re-grade and re-deck existing access to the fisherman's pontoon. Replace and install new gangway. Provide safety signage and necessary safety railings.



Youghal Harbour - Nealson Quay, Market Dock & Green Dock

Installation of new handrails, toe-rails, replace ladders, mooring rings, mooring bollards and storm weather gate. Upgrade existing steps and carry out remedial works to pier wall and re-deck slipway.



Keelbeg – Union Hall Pier – Safety Measures

Provide physical barrier to control access to pier. Line markings are required to designated works areas, walking area and storage areas. Provide CCTV system. Install toe rails along the edge of pier.



Utility Upgrade (water) at Keelbeg (Union Hall Pier), Kinsale Harbour, Baltimore Pier, Ballycotton Pier

Upgrade of water distribution system to include supply points on the side of the pier to improve facilities for users/fishermen.


Safety Measures & Improvement Works Bundle - Ilawn na gCoarach (Bere Island), Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island), East Pier (Heir Island),Middle Land (Long Island). Colla Pier & Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island)

Erect standard safety signage at Ilawn na gCoarach, Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier, East Pier & Middle Land. Replace damaged ladders, handrails, toerails, minor concrete repairs at Bea Lough Pier, Colla Pier & Abbey Pier.


Utility Upgrade Bundle (Water & Electricity) Schull Pier, Courtmacsherry & Middle Land (Long Island)

Schull - Upgrade of existing electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. Courtmacsherry - Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. Middle Land (Long Island) - Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier.



Monkstown Sand Quay

Provide concrete plinth adjacent to slipway. Install handrail. Provide vertical toe rail on both slips. Define access with Safety Chains/Bollards. Install new Ring Buoy. Install standardised H&S Signage.




Install handrail to steps and toe-rail. Concrete repair to steps and defective areas of pier deck. Safety signage. Provide road lining at entrance to pier. Provide ring-buoy.



Drumlave (Adrigole)

Replace defective ladder and provide new additional ladder, toe rail, handrail and mooring rings. Concrete remedial work to steps. Safety signage.









Knockadoon Pier & Slip

New concrete deck on upper section of slipway. Provide section of vertical toe-rails on both sides of slipway. Provide a new section of handrail on raised concrete section at beach & breakwater. Replace 2 No. ladders at head of breakwater. New surface water drain with gulley adjacent to gabions. Safety signage.



Lough Hyne East

Erect handrail at steps. Concrete repair works to quay wall including deck repair at corner. Safety signage.



Warren’s Boathouse Pier

Upgrade steps and install handrails. New concrete deck to pier and slipway. Upgrade and replace timber ladders. Provide mooring rings, bollards and toe-rails. Safety signage.



Total Cork


Donegal County Council

Leenan Slipway

Construction of a new 8m wide slipway for taking up boats for safe storage in bad weather.


Greencastle Pier

Pile Repairs - Engage a diving contractor to reinforce the existing piles by welding steel plates of similar profile to them.



Malinbeg Slipway Winch

Replace the existing electric winch with an electro-hydraulic winch.



Ballyederlan Pier

Provide lighting, slipway decking, signage and safety railings.



Provide vertical D fenders at the head of the pier as well as repair/replace ladders, repair the electrical installation (power outlet) and provide signage. Repair and rebuild the existing pier wall.


Port Inver (Aid to Navigation)

Provide a Port Hand buoy and navigation light as well as safety signage at the pier.


Nead na Gé

Re-deck the slipway, provide signage and provide public lighting.


Entrance to Kincasslagh (Aid to Navigation)

Provide a new Starboard beacon and navigation light as well as safety signage. Replace corroded ladders on Turk Rock, Leac na bhFear and Aileen Reef.


Cruit Lower

Repair the slipway, replace existing ladders, provide hand railing, signage and improve general safety.


Donegal Town (Aids to Navigation)

Replace 8 No. buoys with new lights to improve safety of navigation to the town pier.



Provide new hybrid lighting at the head of the pier.


Total Donegal



County Council

Balbriggan Harbour

Provision of services supply points (water and electricity) on Northern side of the harbour and associated connections.


Loughshinny Harbour

Reconditioning and re-strengthening of pavement and sea wall.


Loughshinny Harbour

Replacement and installation of new ladders, guardrails and associated ancillary works to the South Pier.


Rush Harbour

Lift and relay and re-secure a section of original stones to the slipway serving the northern section of Rush Harbour.



Total Fingal


Kerry County Council

Tarbert Pier

Further strengthening and underpinning to quay wall together with alignment of stone to face of wall. Precast panel placement and grouting of voids.



Glen Pier, Ballinskelligs

Structural repairs to pier - replace steps and filling of voids.



Ventry Pier

Construct concrete steps.



Total Kerry




Mayo County Council




Provision of new crane. Safety improvement works.






Construction of equipped hardstand area to facilitate boat repairs/ storage/ waste management. Maintenance cleaning of silt from berthage /docking area. Safety works to steps, railings etc.




Provision of new crane. Safety improvement works at Blacksod Pier.



Ballina Harbour

Further repairs to harbour deck and provision of safe access to harbour area. Improve, upgrade and replace Aids to Navigation on River Moy approach channel.



Total Mayo


Sligo County Council

Easkey Pier

Major repairs to structure including repairs to deck at head of pier; repairs to spalling at rear of pier; repair spalling and scouring to pier adjacent to slipway; and spalling to top of pier wall.


Aughris Pier

Major repairs to structure including head of pier due to scouring and spalling; and rear wall due to spalling and cracking.


Milk Harbour

Major repairs to structure including repairs to harbour walls and refurbishment to deck.



Total Sligo


Waterford County Council

Tramore North Pier

Remediation works to wall of seaward side of the southern pier wall, casting a new RC wall to the exposed face together with foundation and scour protection involving RC concrete works.


Helvick Pier

Construct concrete slab on shorter pier wall, carry out repairs to pier wall & grout areas as necessary at Helvick Harbour.


Boatstrand Pier

Final phase with strengthening works to the main east pier. Completion of the facing of the outer length of the south east face of the main pier.



Youghal Bridge / Ticknock Pier

The existing ladder access at this pier requires replacement.



Total Waterford





Wexford County Council







Slade Harbour

Essential structural repairs to harbour walls and slipway. Health & Safety works.


Kilmore Quay

Capital dredging works at harbour approach channel.


Kilmore Quay

Upgrade of power points.


Kilmore Quay

West harbour wall - Fendering and repairs to wall.


New Ross Marina

Upgrade marina


Kilmore Quay Marina

Upgrade marina


Fethard Harbour

Access improvements, Health & Safety works.


Courtown Harbour

Provide barrier system on slipway



Total Wexford


Wicklow County Council

North and South Piers, Arklow

Installation of new LED sectored light with a range of 9 miles on the North Pier. Installation of Solar Marine Grade 15 Watt lights along the North Pier. Installation on the South Pier of an MSM sectored LED lighting and associated cabling.


Packet Pier, Wicklow

Supply and installation of a new heavy duty 50 tonne mooring bollard. In addition three 7.5/10 tonne mooring bollards to be installed at locations on the Packet Pier.


North & South Quay, Wicklow

Upgrading of existing and installation of new ladders with handrails along the North and South Quay.


East Pier, Wicklow

Minor improvement works at East Pier to include: Installation of vertical rubber fenders; Installation of LED lighting; Replacement of damaged railings and installation of new railing at certain points; Provision of power and water points; Improvements to steps leading to water at top of Packet Pier and lifeboat end; Installation of 3 No. new ladders; Installation of 2 to 3 small bollards between existing bollards to increase capacity/ reduce crossover.


Wicklow & Arklow Harbour

Erection of Safety Signage around the harbours and piers.



Total Wicklow




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