Fine Gael Senator for Wexford, Michael D’Arcy, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, of details of a €23m package for the repair of public owned piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the winter storms and investment in the ongoing development of Ireland’s public harbour network.
This funding is badly needed in coastal communities like Courtown
“After the most destructive winter storms in living memory, I strongly welcome the provision of over €1.5 Million for the repair of publicly owned piers, harbours and slipways in Wexford. The funding will also be used for the ongoing development of our piers and harbours.
“Over €1.1 Million of this has been provided for Courtown Harbour.
“I am delighted that Minister Coveney has announced this extended capital programme for 2014, detailing significant funding for the immediate repair of piers and harbours across the country. It will allow for badly needed repairs to our marine infrastructure which has taken a battering in recent weeks and months.
“The funding will also provide for the ongoing investment that the Government is making in our piers, harbours and slipways. This is an indication of the Government’s commitment to developing our fishery harbours for the benefit of our fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, tenants and the wider community.
“This is all part of the Government’s long term strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around Ireland. The Government is committed to ensuring that this important infrastructure is fit for purpose in order to generate income and jobs in local communities.”