I propose taking Questions Nos. 22 and 26 together.
As the Deputies have indicated, I visited Kilmore Quay on 10 February 1995 to see the development works at first hand and meet representatives of the local fishing community. I was particularly impressed by the work completed to date and feel sure that the scheme, when completed, will result in an excellent harbour which will benefit primarily the fishing industry and also the leisure and tourism industry to some extent.
There has never been any question as to the common sense of completing the works in Kilmore Quay in a single phase. If sufficient funding were available for fishery harbour development works all projects would be completed in a single phase. During my visit to Kilmore Quay I informed the fishermen that the Department of the Marine wishes to complete this project during 1995 and that I will be endeavouring to obtain additional Exchequer funding to provide for a berthing wall along the reconstructured breakwater and slipway for the lifeboat. I am vigorously pursuing the allocation of this additional funding and I will keep the Deputies informed of the progress made in this matter.
With regard to Duncannon, which I also visited on 10 February, there are two development options available. Option 1 provides for stabilising the existing pier and increasing the berthing facilities at the head of the pier and over 55 metres along its length by dredging which would cost approximately £500,000 while option 2 would cost approximately twice that amount.
The funding available to my Department for fishery harbour development works in 1995 — approximately £2.38 million — is insufficient to provide for current projects, not to speak of taking on a new project such as the one at Duncannon. In the context of the £8 million under the National Development Plan for fishery harbour works for the period to the end of 1999, I am afraid it is unlikely that works at Duncannon will proceed in the short term. As I stated, I am already actively pursuing additional Exchequer funding to complete the major development at Kilmore Quay. I am aware of the need for additional funding for fishery harbour development generally and will be working to secure further funding, including funding for Duncannon.