Written Answers. - Ballycotton (Cork) Coastal Erosion.

John Mulvihill

Question:

237 Mr. Mulvihill asked the Minister for the Marine the financial proposals, if any, he has to help combat the problem of coastal erosion at Ballycotton, County Cork, in view of the fact that the main road to the fishing village is in danger of collapse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8579/96]

All coastal local authorities including Cork County Council, submitted details of their top four priority protection proposals. Cork County Council included the Knockadoon to Ballycotton area among their proposals. The council has identified the R629 road into Ballycotton as the most critical and urgent problem along with the protection of the dunes at Warren Strand, Rosscarbery. The council has advised that whilst the overall long-term cost of protecting the coastline at Ballycotton is in the range of £450,000 to £600,000, the most critical works could be undertaken at a cost of £60,000 approximately.

The funding available to my Department in 1996 will be fully spent on ongoing and previously planned works. However, should any additional funding be secured I will give serious consideration to the Ballycotton proposal. In the meantime and given the urgency of the situation, the council should consider undertaking the necessary works directly.