Over €2m Funding for Repair and Maintenance of Irish Harbours

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has announced details of a €2.8m package to assist 13 Coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways.

Funding Repair Maintenance Irish Harbours

Passage East, Co. Waterford One of the 51 harbours to benefit from the scheme

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.

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 infrastructure in small harbours under their ownership.”

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2017 Fishery harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% the total cost of approved projects with the Local Authority providing the balance.



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 augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation”.

Minister Creed concluded the announcement by saying “The €2.8m I have made available in 2017 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 13 Local Authorities and will not only create much needed local employment over the time span of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”

Local Authority works 2017 – Full List
Location Works Grant aid approved
Lahinch Reconstruction of Slipway 112,500
Gleninagh Pier Upgrade of deck 26,250
Total Clare   138,750
Lower Aghada Pier Provision of apron slab, launching area, rock armour, surfacing, barriers and lighting 56,250
Aghabeg Pier Upgrade existing slipway, install navigation aid and lighting, upgrade parking and marshalling area 50,000
Kilcrohane Pier Upgrade existing slipway and parking area 26,250
Dunboy Pier Construct new pier deck, walls and steps, install toerails 33,750
Youghal Town Supply and installation of a pontoon and gangway 112,500
Monkstown Pier Upgrade existing slipway and steps 32,250
Total Cork County   311,000
Malinmore Reconstruction of pier at berthing side, providing new decking with steps, ladder and safety railing 60,000
Downings Repair to pier wall at seaward side 56,250
Greencastle Reinforce existing piles by welding steel plates to piles 112,500
Bruckless Aid to Navigation Provision of 1 no. Port Hand marker and light on pier 18,000
Portmore Malin Head Replace old crane with new hydraulic pier crane 45,000
Total Donegal   291,750
Rush Harbour 1 Lifting and relaying original stones on a section of the pier 22,500
Rush Harbour 2 Replacement of missing stones and repointing and stabilisation of other stones 11,250
Balbriggan Harbour Installation of new access and egress ladders 7,500
Skerries Harbour Installation of 4 new access and egress ladders 5,625
Rush Harbour 3 Installation of 2 new access and egress ladders, improvement of mooring points 6,000
Loughshinny Harbour Installation of 2 new access and egress ladders 1,875
Total Fingal   54,750
Bealcarra Pier Extension of Pier 112,500
Crumpán Pier Slipway and pier infrastructure 112,500
Roundstone Pier Structural damage repairs 75,000
Total Galway   300,000
Ballinskelligs Pier Phase 2 of pier stabilisation works and structural repairs 112,500
Renard Pier Completion of pier rehabilitation works, including installation of fendering and ladders 67,500
Fenit Pier Replacement of fendering to monopile at head of pier 22,500
Total Kerry   202,500
Kilterry Pier Structural damage repairs to pier walls 112,500
Ballysteen Pier Repair works to pier 41,250
Total Limerick   153,750
Carlingford Harbour Repair to sections of revetment 18,750
Total Louth   18,750
Killala Harbour Protection works for main aids to navigation/lights, reconstruction of harbour deck, safety works 112,500
Ballina Harbour Construction of slipway at northern end of harbour to facilitate access 112,500
Newport, West Mayo Repairs to quay wall 112,500
Kildavnet, West Mayo Safety works at slipway 7,500
Bullsmouth, West Mayo Safety works at slipway 7,500
Tonragee, West Mayo Safety works at slipway 7,500
Greens (Achill Sound), West Mayo Safety works at slipway 7,500
Total Mayo   367,500
Rosses Point Provision of pontoon and access ramp, modest increase in length of slipway 111,750
Raghly Harbour Pier crane and ancillary works 26,250
Total Sligo   138,000
Ardmore Pier Repair works to pier wall and provide coastal defence 112,500
Tramore Pier Repairs to slipway and widening slipway to improve access 75,000
Boatstrand Pier Handrails and concrete plinth at new slipways 15,000
Passage East Railings/ladders to pier 56,250
Total Waterford   258,750
Ballyhack Repairs to slipway 13,500
Kilmore Quay 1 Harbour repairs 9,000
Kilmore Quay 2 New mooring bollards 9,000
Courtown Harbour Masonry repointing, H&S, access works 112,500
New Ross Marina 1 Structural repairs to existing quay wall at access point to marina 112,500
Duncannon Moorings 7,500
Wexford Harbour Extension of buoyage scheme to Ferrycarrig 37,500
New Ross Marina 2 Anchor blocks and pontoon works 12,000
Total Wexford   313,500
Wicklow Port, East Pier East Pier strengthening and improvement works 111,000
Wicklow Port, North and South Quay Strengthening and improvement works of North and South Quay 108,750
Total Wicklow   219,750
Total Grant aid approved 2,768,750

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