Ros a Mhíl fishery centre to receive €3.4 million funding this year

Galway Daily news Ros a Mhíl fishery centre to receive €3.4 million funding this year

The Fishery Harbour Centre at Ros a Mhíl will receive €3.4 million in funding this year for various projects and improvements.

Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue announced this week that €35 million will be spent this year on Ireland’s six state-owned Fishey Harbour Centres.

At Ros a Mhíl, this includes €1.5 million for the recently confirmed Deep Harbour Quay.

The department has given the green light to proceed with this project, which will ultimately cost €25 million, and a tender for detailed design for this project has been published.

Minister McConalogue said during a visit earlier this week that, when completed, the new quay will bring Ros a Mhíl more in line with the fishing facilities that are currently available at Killybegs and Castletownbere.

The Connemara fishing port will also receive €1 million for Phase 3 of the new Small Craft Harbour, and €400,000 for water metering.

Small investments include €250,000 for a welfare building, €200,000 for upgrades to the harbourmaster’s offices, €40,000 to upgrade the cctv system, and €20,000 for a tarmac road to the small craft harvour.

Announcing the investment, Minister McConalogue said “The facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres are critical to the seafood industry and it is important to that we continue to modernise and innovate in the services they provide.”

“This increased investment demonstrates this Government’s serious commitment to supporting the fishing industry and rural coastal communities.”

The Minister added that in 2020, almost 90% of fish landed in Ireland arrived at Fishery Harbour Centres.

The pot of funding also includes €1.9 million for safety and maintenance works across all six harbours, along with €120,000 for disability access.

The biggest recipient of funding is Castletownbere (€10.8m), followed by Killybegs (€9.2m).