An enhanced capital investment scheme has been annouced today (Thursday) for the repair of publicly-owned harbours, piers and slipways which were damaged in the adverse weather of recent months.
Just over €2 million has been allocated to Galway with €1.2 million for Mayo. The funding has been made available by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, who on the invitation of Galway West Fine Gael TD, Seán Kyne, visited Connemara in early February to view the extensive damage that had been caused to coastal communities by the series of severe storms.
Commented Deputy Kyne: “The funding that has been announced today as part of an extended capital investment programme for 2014 is very welcome and will assist in the repair of the harbours, piers and slipways around the Galway and Mayo coasts. Many of the piers, harbours and slipways, along with other marine facilities, were severely damaged by the powerful storms which hit our coastal communities from late December to early February.
“The €2 million in funding for Galway will facilitate repairs to 15 quays, slipways and piers while the €1.2 million for Mayo will be used for 22 piers, pontoons, harbours and slipways.
“The figure for Galway includes significant funding for areas which were left devastated following the storms such as Seán Céibh Spideál (€135,000), Cé na Trá Ban, Lettermore (€198,000), Cé Struthan Pier, An Cheathru Rua (€216,000) and Cé Annaghvaan, Lettermore (€180,000).
“Minister Coveney visited an Spideál and Trá Ban in early February and was able to see for himself the damage that had been caused to a number of locations in Galway. This, along with representations which I made to the Minister and his officials, as well as damage reports from Galway County and City Councils, have assisted the Department in assessing the funding requirements which are reflected in today’s funding package.
“Additional funding has been provided for the Gun Rock Beacon on Inishbofin which was destroyed in the storms as well for Cé Dolan which is a particularly important location for marine activities such as scuba diving,” concluded Deputy Kyne.
The funding has also been welcomed by Councillors Eileen Mannion and Seosamh O Laoi who with Deputy Kyne, accompanied the Minister on his visit to Connemara.
|Galway County Council|
|Cé na Trá Ban, Lettermore||€198,000|
|Cé an Mace, Carna||€90,000|
|Cé Cora Point, Inis Meáin||€135,000|
|Cé Sruthan Pier, An Cheathru Rua||€216,000|
|Cé Inis Oírr Slipway, Inis Oírr||€108,000|
|Cé Annaghvaan, Lettermore||€180,000|
|Seán Céibh Spideál||€135,000|
|Cé Spideál Nua||€90,000|
|Cé Inis Oírr Slipway, Inis Oírr||€90,000|
|Cé Pointe, An Ceathru Rua||€180,000|
|Cé Sruthan Bui, Rosmuc||€135,000|
|Cé Caladh Thaidh||€108,000|
|Cé Finnis, Finnis Island||€135,000|
|Total Galway Co. Co.||€2,016,000|
|Mayo County Council|
|Purtoon, Inishturk Pier||€27,000|
|Clare Island Pier & Slipway||€76,500|
|Old Head Pier||€12,600|
|Belderrigh Pier, Ballycastle||€90,000|
|Inishkea Island Pier||€45,000|
|Frenchport Pier, Belmullet||€18,000|
|Total Mayo Co. Co.||€1,232,100|