Almost €140,000 had been allocated to two coastal projects in north west Clare according to the Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen.
“My colleague the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed confirmed today (Monday) that grant aid totalling €112,500 has been allocated for the reconstruction of the slipway in Lahinch,” said Minister Breen.
“A further €26,250 has been granted to Clare County Council for the upgrade of the deck at Gleninagh Pier, approximately three miles west of Ballyvaughan,” he added.
“Clare County Council is one of 13 coastal local authorities that will undertake and complete 51 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them. “
The €2.8 million package announce today provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.
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.
Minister Breen described such funding as essential to the fundamental wellbeing of rural coastal communities in Clare.
“The infrastructure in north Clare, supported by this funding, plays a significant social and economic role in the area, by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure, and providing an attractive environment for tourists. All these industries are at the core of rural Ireland’s economy, as small businesses continue to grow and the number of jobs increase at a steady pace,” said Minister Breen.