Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Questions (441)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

441. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to develop and improve Cleggan Pier, Connemara, County Galway, in view of the high usage of the pier and the poor condition of much of it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17568/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Pursuant to the Fishery Harbour Centres Act 1968 (as amended), my Department is responsible for the management, control and operation of the six Fishery Harbour Centres located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros an Mhíl.

My Department also has responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of a small number of specific piers, lights and beacons throughout Ireland, which were constructed under the auspices of the ex-Congested Districts Board.  In addition, my Department has responsibility for infrastructural works it carried out under the Marine Works (Ireland) Act 1902, some works at Cleggan Pier being part of this. Galway County Council is responsible for the non-1902 Act infrastructure at Cleggan Harbour.

My Department does provide limited funding to assist coastal Local Authorities in carrying out small- scale projects for the development and repair of Local Authority owned piers, harbours and slipways under the annual Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, subject to Exchequer funding and overall national priorities.

Most recently, funding of €82,500 was granted to Galway County Council under this Programme for repair works at Cleggan Harbour.  No application for funding in relation to Cleggan Harbour was received from Galway County Council under the 2017, 2018 or 2019 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programmes.