A contractor has been appointed to complete the new €30 million Deep-Water Quay for the Ros a Mhíl Fishery Harbour Centre.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue announced that a contract has been signed for the project with Ward & Burke Construction Limited.
He said that when completed, the new 200m long quay will “accommodate larger fishing vessels and attract additional landings from both Irish and non-Irish fishing vessels.”
At present Ros an Mhíl Fishery Harbour Centre has 325 metres of quayside but is limited in deep water to a maximum of -5.8 metres chart datum and experiences congestion in busy fishing seasons.
The new development will be accessible to large vessels such as Irish Navy vessels, Marine Institute Research Vessels, marine survey vessels and marine leisure craft.
“Our Fishery Harbour Centres are critical infrastructure for the seafood industry and Ros an Mhíl is a clear example of how these facilities stimulate economic activity for the surrounding rural coastal communities with the potential for downstream development and jobs,” Minister McConalogue said.
“This project is further evidence of this Government’s commitment to addressing the impacts of Brexit on the fishing sector and to a strong future for Ireland’s seafood primary producers.”
Work is expected to begin on the project in the coming January, and be completed by September of 2024.
The project will be funded through the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.