€202,500 funding announced for Kerry piers and harbours – Griffin

Brendan Griffin
Kerry

Monday, 3rd April 2017

€202,500 funding announced for Kerry piers and harbours – Griffin

€2.8 million package nationally for 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways

Fine Gael TD for Kerry, Brendan Griffin, has welcomed the news that €202,500 is to be allocated to Kerry County Council for piers and harbours under its ownership.

“Kerry piers and harbours are set to receive €202,500 from the Department of Agriculture and the Marine. This news, confirmed to me by my colleague Minister Michael Creed, is really great news for the local communities in the areas involved.

“This funding for piers and harbours in Kerry will allow for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

“Piers and harbours to receive the funding are:
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
“This funding is really important to fishing communities in Kerry as it supports the ongoing development of fishing related activities.

“The funding can also be used for increasing participation in marine leisure, and augmenting measures to attract greater numbers of tourists. We know that tourism is crucial to the local economies of coastal communities and has been really important for job creation here in Kerry.

“The projects will also create much needed local employment over the time span of the projects.

“Fine Gael is committed to supporting coastal communities in Kerry where people’s livelihoods are so dependent on the sea. This means investing in infrastructure and so this funding for piers and harbours is a big part of that.”

ENDS

Note to editors

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.

For further details please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

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