Announcing the 2016 investment package, Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said he was “setting aside” €16m towards safety, maintenance and new development works at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle Ros an Mhíl and Killybegs.

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“I am also making available €2m for a Local Authority Harbour Programme, and [will be] assessing specifically what is required to address storm damage…”

Flagship projects in the 2016 Capital Investment Programme include ferry pontoons on the West Pier in Howth; infrastructure upgrades in Dunmore East; commencement of the Dinish Wharf expansion project in Castletownbere; expansion of the small craft harbour in Ros an Mhíl and the Smooth Point pier extension in Killybegs.

Of equal importance he said was preparatory work for “significant potential projects” in Howth, Dunmore East, An Daingean and Ros an Mhíl.

The 2016 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme also contains €2m to assist Local Authorities to repair, maintain and develop piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership. This year’s programme is significant on a number of fronts as it enables continuation of the government’s strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our fishery harbours, he added.

“Secondly, it prepares the groundwork for potential projects in the coming years, all of which will benefit the fishing industry, seafood processing sector and other ancillary marine industries.”