Written Answers. - Westport Harbour Dredging.

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asked the Minister for Transport if he intends to allocate any finance for the dredging of Westport Harbour, County Mayo.

Westport Harbour Commissioners made inquiries earlier this year about the possibility of grant assistance for dredging at Westport Harbour to accommodate barges carrying talc magnesite which a mining company proposed to mine on Inishbofin. The commissioners were informed that the proposal could not be examined unless the company gave a firm commitment to use the harbour.

I have not heard further from the commissioners in the matter.