Over €250,000 awarded for work on Connemara piers

Galway Daily news over €250,000 announced for Connemara piers

Over a quarter of a million million euro in funding has been allocated to Galway for improvements to three piers in Connemara.

The piers at Carna, Lettermore, and Roundstone are getting a share of €2.2 million announced for Local Authority Harbour projects by Minister for the Marine Michael Creed this week.

Galway County Council will spend €93,750 on Crumpáin Pier in Carna to extend the pier and a new slipway, €78,750 will be spent on similar works at Droim in Lettermore, while work to extend Roundstone Pier and improve access has been awarded €82,500.

Minister Creed said this money has been allocated to local authorities for the “repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under their ownership”.

These harbours play a crucial role in the “social and economic wellbeing of rural coastal communities” Michael Creed said.

Twelve coastal local authorities are partaking in this €2.2 million grant scheme for 39 projects that include improvements to piers, sea walls, pontoons and other infrastructure.

This programme is part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marines’ 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.

Under this scheme the department provides 75% of the funding for approved projects, with the remainder coming from the local council.