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FLAGs to get €12m for local projects

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has launched Local Development Strategies for the seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) established under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme, and also announced the first call for applications for the €12m available FLAG funding. 

FLAG 2017 Strategy Launch

“I am delighted to announce the publication of the new Local Development Strategies for our seven FLAGs. These Strategies will guide the FLAGs in best using the €12m funding available to them under the EMFF Operational Programme.”


Funding for Ireland’s fishery harbour network

A Capital Investment Package of almost €36m has been announced for safety, maintenance and new development work at Ireland’s six fishery harbour centres: Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle Ros An Mhíl and Killybegs. 


Funding to support marine projects in coastal communities

Applications are invited from the seven nationwide fisheries local action group areas for funding under the 2018 FLAGs programme organised by BIM with the objective to assist community-led development in fishing and aquaculture dependant coastal communities.


Jim O’Toole BIM chief executive at the launch of FLAG west 2017

In 2017, FLAG boards approved 190 projects that delivered more than €3m in total investment. Projects included seafood enterprises; community initiatives; marine tourism; training and infrastructure improvements.


Think safety first, advises Irish Water Safety

Lifeguards have rescued 185 casualties from Ireland’s beaches, rivers and lakes since June. Over 200 children were lost and reunited with their parents and a further 16,316 accidents were prevented by the proactive actions of the lifeguards.

IWS Sandycove

Bathers enjoying summer sunshine at Sandycove, Co Dublin

John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety, is again urging the public to use Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places; to swim between the flags; to take heed of lifeguard advice and to always supervise children as lifeguards are not a babysitting service. He is also urging the public to swim within their depth if no lifeguards are at a bathing place and to never swim alone. 


Funding to support communities along Ireland’s northeast coast

Thirteen maritime projects in counties Louth, Meath and Dublin, will receive grant aid of almost €220,000 to support total investment of €434,337.

FLAG North East is one of seven regional groups operating under the Fisheries Local Action Group programme – co-funded by the exchequer and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), and contributes to the Action Plan for Rural Development.

FLAG 2017 Northeast

Richard McCormick, President, Maritime Institute of Ireland; Minister Andrew Doyle; Jim O’Toole, BIM chief executive and Garrett O’Brien, Chair FLAG North East at the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The announcement in the National Maritime Museum completes the rollout of the FLAG programe: South (Cork): North (Donegal); South West (Kerry, Limerick); South East (Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow); West (Mayo, Clare); North West (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim), culminating in total investment of more than €3.6m in 2017.

Administered by BIM, the scheme will provide €12m in funding to Ireland’s coastal communities from 2014 – 2020.

Speaking at the launch in the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Minister of State Andrew Doyle said each of the projects showcased “diversity, vision and enterprise, and where marine life, heritage, history, fishing and seafood, have been a significant contributor to the local economy”.


Marine projects on the northwest coast receive grant aid to support investment

Twenty-two coastal community projects in counties Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim on Ireland’s west coast will receive almost €316,000 in grant aid to support overall investment of half a million Euro under the BIM administered Fisheries Local Action Group programme.

FLAG 2017 Northwest1FLAG Northwest Co-ordinator Declan Nee; BIM chief executive Jim O’ Toole; Minister Michael Ring andFLAG Northwest chairman, Ger Hassett. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

Co-funded by the exchequer and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the FLAG initiative is being rolled out across seven regions. Throughout the programme (2014-2020), funding of €12m will be delivered to support coastal communities.


Funding to support projects in Atlantic coastal communities

Thirty-three projects along Ireland’s Atlantic coastline in counties Clare, Galway and the Aran islands, are to receive over €400,000 under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme 2014-2020. 

FLAGS West 2017

Mikey O Flaharta; BIM CEO Jim O’Toole with Minister Seán Kyne; Sean O Domhnaill and Maritin Breathnach, Scúba Carraroe, Inis Oírr Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure 

Seven FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) programmes, administered by BIM and co-funded by the exchequer and the EU, will receive a total of €12m to support coastal community projects.