Thursday, 27 January 2005

Questions (102, 103)

Enda Kenny

Question:

100 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his proposals for the future development of Cloughmore pier at Darby’s Point, Achill, County Mayo; the expenditure at same in each of the past five years; the allocation and further works to be carried out in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2209/05]

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

Cloughmore pier, Darby's Point, is owned by Mayo County Council and responsibility for its repair and maintenance rests with the local authority in the first instance. In the period in question, expenditure of €692,345.78 was incurred in 2000, in 2001 expenditure was €17,742.52 and in 2002 expenditure was €19,411.88. The Department provided 75% of the expenditure and Mayo County Council provided the balance of 25%. The Department has not received any further proposals in relation to Cloughmore pier. Any proposal submitted by Mayo County Council would have to be considered in the context of the amount of Exchequer funding available for works at fishery harbours generally and overall national priorities.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

101 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his proposals to provide funding for the provision of a slipway at Blackwater pier, Kenmare, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2210/05]

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Blackwater pier is owned by Kerry County Council and responsibility for its maintenance and development rests with the local authority in the first instance. Last year, Kerry County Council requested the Department to examine the possibility of providing a slipway at Blackwater pier. The question of funding such a project will have to be considered in the context of the amount of Exchequer funding available for works at fishery harbours generally and overall national priorities.