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.
Flagship projects include the Dinish Island quay extension at Castletownbere (€17.5m), the Smooth Point extension Phase 2 at Killybegs (€4m) and additional berthing on the Middle Pier, Howth (€4.5m).
The 2019 package “underlines the importance this government places on the ever significant contribution of the wider seafood sector to Ireland’s economy,”remarked marine minister, Michael Creed.
The quay extension projects will provide an additional 460 metres of berthing space for increasing fishing activity in particular, but also recognises growing demand from the commercial cargo, leisure, tourism and cruise liner sectors.
This latest investment builds on the €96m invested in the Fishery Harbour Centres since 2010 and the €27m invested in local authority infrastructure. These projects are also under consideration for co-funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund.
“Improving the standards of facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbour around our coast attracts increasing and additional economic activities, benefiting a broad cohort of current and future harbour.”
Other investment includes €2.48m for safety, maintenance and disability access works at the six fishery harbours and at North Harbour, Cape Clear, and €2m for a ‘Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure Programme’ to repair and develop piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership
The primary function of the fishery centres is to underpin ongoing development of fisheries and seafood processing sectors and other marine-related activities.