Written Answers. - Bantry (Cork) Pier.

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asked the Minister for the Marine if his Department will provide the necessary finance to construct a pier at Ardgroom, Bantry, County Cork to facilitate the mariculture development in the area; and if the work be carried out this year.

My Department's engineer is to carry out a full examination of the facilities at Ardgroom in the near future to assess what improvements, if any, are necessary to accommodate the expansion in growth of mariculture in the area. Until his report is to hand and a full economic appraisal, having regard to the present financial constraints, is carried out, I cannot say what funds, if any, will be made available for works at Ardgroom.