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€38.3m for Capital Projects at Ireland’s Six Fishery Harbour Centres

3rd May 2021
€6.8m has been provided for the Dinish Island pier extension at Castletownbere on County Cork's Beara Peninsula. The 2021 programme sees a 35% increase in funding for Local Authority harbours. see details below
€6.8m has been provided for the Dinish Island pier extension at Castletownbere in West Cork. The 2021 programme sees a 35% increase in funding for Local Authority harbours. see details below.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, announced this morning 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.

See funding allocations below

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.”

Essential repairs to a fisherman's pontoon has been granted €72,750 and  slipway improvement works were awarded €60,000 at Kinsale Harbour in West CorkEssential repairs to a fisherman's pontoon have been granted €72,750 and  slipway improvement works were awarded €60,000 at Kinsale Harbour in West Cork

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.”

 €30,000 has been granted for the installation of a pontoon at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour €30,000 has been granted for the installation of a pontoon at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

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.”

New development works are budgeted for at the Fishery Harbour at Howth in County Dublin   New development works are budgeted for at the Fishery Harbour at Howth in County Dublin

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: The 79 approved capital projects across 12 Coastal Local Authorities approved for funding in 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: The overall 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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