Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (207)

Michael McCarthy


207. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department will provide funding to upgrade a pier (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15666/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The piers on Sherkin Island are owned by Cork County Council and responsibility for their repair and maintenance rests with the Local Authority in the first instance. Under the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme my Department has, in previous years, provided funding for the development and repair of Local Authority owned harbours, piers and slipways subject to the availability of exchequer funding. Funding for this programme is allocated on an annual basis.

My Department will shortly be requesting all Coastal Local Authorities to submit applications, in order of priority, for funding under the 2014 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme. Any application submitted by Cork County Council for funding in respect of a pier on Sherkin Island under the Capital Programme will be given consideration in the context of available exchequer funding and overall national priorities.