The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has on 21st inst. announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways in their ownership. The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities, including some marine leisure developments.
Youghal was one of Cork County Council’s recipients, with the local authority awarded €60,000 towards upgrading of Youghal Harbour at Nealon’s Quay, Market Dock & Green Dock. A programme of works will be developed to include: installation of new handrails, toe rails, replacement of ladders, mooring rings, mooring bollards and a storm weather gate. Approval was also given to upgrade existing steps and carry out remedial works to the pier wall and re-deck the slipway.
The Minister said: “I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under their ownership.” The Minister went on to say: “The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure and supplementing measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation.”
Further information on all the grant schemes can be found at: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/press/pressreleases/2020/may/title,142909,en.html