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Harbours and Piers

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 21 July 2020

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Questions (521)

Holly Cairns


521. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the upgrading of Dinish Pier in Castletownbere, County Cork; the reason construction has stalled; and when the upgrade is expected to be completed. [17097/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl under statute.

Following a competitive tender competition, my Department awarded a contract to L&M Keating Ltd. to construct a 216 metre quay extension on Dinish Island, Castletownbere. Work commenced on the €25m project in October 2018 and to date there has been significant progress in the delivery of the project, with a substantial element of the works now completed.

Recently, work on the site slowed dramatically and the current situation is that work has ceased. My Department, in conjunction with its Consulting Engineers who are administering the works contract, are engaged closely with the contractor in this regard.