Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1610, 1611)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

1610. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to assist the development of better marine facilities on Clare Island, including the extension of the pier and the provision of a breakwater; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19049/19]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

1611. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to provide funding for the development of better harbour facilities on the mainland to serve Inishturk Island and Clare Island all year round and in all weather; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19050/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1610 and 1611 together.

I have recently visited Clare Island as part of a series of Islands visits and, as the Deputy is aware, the principal mainland facility used to provide subsidised ferry services for Inishturk and Clare Island is Roonagh Pier. Mayo County Council is the relevant authority with responsibility for both Roonagh Pier and for the harbour facilities on Clare Island. The development and upkeep of these facilities is, therefore, a matter for that local authority.

My Department has not received any proposals from Mayo County Council in relation to the development of either of these facilities. Should such proposals be forthcoming, my Department will give consideration to same, having regard to the funding available for island infrastructure development and the various demands on that funding.