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€8M for Killybegs Harbour Centre as part of €27.9m overall investment for Capital projects at Irelands Fishery Harbour Centres – Minister McHugh

Killybegs to receive third of overall national funding

DONEGAL TD Joe McHugh has welcomed funding of almost €8M today for Killybegs Harbour Centre.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has this morning approved a €27.9m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbour network.

Minister McHugh said today: “This funding investment of €7.98M will positively support and enhance the facilities located at Killybegs Harbour Centre, enabling them to continue with their ongoing development of the sea fisheries and seafood processing sectors.”

Development works to be carried out include the smooth point extension (phase 2), landing Pier electrical upgrades and safety and maintenance works, as well as contractual commitments and necessary disability access works.

“Minister Creed has also allocated €2m for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership.”

Minister Creed said “I have set aside almost €2.47m towards safety, maintenance and development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres and at North Harbour, Cape Clear which is also owned by my Department. The €27.9m allocated for the 2018 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme is a substantial capital investment in our six Fishery Harbour Centres located throughout the country, and other fisheries related marine infrastructure, and it builds on previous successful Capital Programmes.”

Minister Joe McHugh, “This substantial investment is further evidence of this Governments ongoing commitment to the Seafood sector, and I wish to thank Minister Creed and Department officials for their work on this capital investment package.”



The Annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme provides funding for safety, maintenance and new development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros an Mhíl and Killybegs which account for 82% of all quota landings into Ireland.

Flagship projects to commence under the 2018 Capital Programme, include the Dinish Island quay extension at Castletownbere (€7m allocated in 2018), the Smooth Point extension Phase 2 at Killybegs (€1.4m in 2018), capital works on the Middle and East piers in Howth and construction of a new slipway at Ros an Mhíl.

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