Ros a Mhíl harbour will share in €35 million investment fund

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

Ros a Mhíl Harbour is one of six that will split a new €35 million fund announced yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine Michael Creed announced this Capital Investment Package to develop Ireland’s marine sector including Ros a Mhíl.

The €35 million will be invested in Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros An Mhíl and Killybegs.

Its main purpose is to further develop the fisheries and seafood processing sectors, while also looking at opportunities available in other marine sectors.

Minister Creed said it was important to support growing levels of fishing activity, “but also the increasing demands from other sectors including commercial cargo, leisure and tourism.”

“These projects are also under consideration for co-funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund.

€2.48m has been set aside for safety, maintenance and disability access works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres.

In addition €2m is earmarked for a Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership.

The flagship project of the 2019 Capital Programme for coastal infrastructure is the continuation of the Dinish Island quay extension at Castletownbere.

This year €17.5 million will be invested in continuing work on the project.

The Minister concluded by saying “This €35.7 investment will build on the €96m invested in the Fishery Harbour Centres since 2010 and the €27m invested in the Local Authority infrastructure over the same period.”

Improving the standards of facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast attracts increasing and additional economic activities,” he added.

“Benefiting a broad cohort of current and future harbour users including the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, and the wider rural coastal communities.”