The relevant legislation in cases such as that referred to by the Deputy is the Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act, 1993, as amended.
Section 51 of the Act places the initial responsibility to remove the wreck on the owner.
Section 52 of the Act also gives the local authority the power to remove the wreck and either:
- to dispose of the wreck and to retain out of the proceeds the expenses incurred by them or
- to recover their expenses from the owner of the wreck.
I do not have any function in relation to the funding of local authorities for such purposes under the Act.