Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (224)

Cecilia Keaveney

Question:

353 Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position in relation to the proposed harbour development at Greencastle, County Donegal; the reasons for the delay in the progression of this badly needed facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2827/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

Greencastle Harbour is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its repair and maintenance rests with the local authority in the first instance. In 2003, my Department provided funding of €149,431.23 towards the completion of the project to design stage. The next step is to carry out a cost-benefit analysis and it is hoped to have this undertaken in the current year subject to funds being available. Planning permission is also required before any development commences. The question of providing funding to progress the development in the period 2005 to 2006 will depend on the amount of Exchequer funding available for works at fishery harbours generally and overall national priorities.