Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (216, 217, 218)

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

292 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if Dingle Harbour will be given the same recognition as the other fishing ports, Killybegs, Rossaveel and Castletownbere in view of the many promises that were made by several Ministers for the Marine; the reason Dingle has not been designated as a fishery harbour centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3847/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

The five fishery harbour centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Rossaveel and Killybegs are owned by my Department and are directly managed by the Department under the Fishery Harbour Centres Acts 1968 to 1998. These arrangements are subject to ongoing review in the context of further streamlining of the executive functions of the Department. The position of Dingle Harbour will be considered in the context of that review.

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

293 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the annual cost of wages, insurance, health and safety and maintenance, involved in running each of the following harbours, Killybegs, Rossaveel, Castletownbere and Dunmore East; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3848/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The five fishery harbour centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Rossaveel and Killybegs are directly managed by my Department under the Fishery Harbour Centres Acts 1968 to 1998. In 2002, the last year for which complete figures are available, the operating costs of the five centres amounted to €1.814 million. The total amount of harbour dues collected from the five harbour centres in 2002 was €753,832.

Dinny McGinley

Ceist:

294 Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if funds will be available to carry out dredging at Buncrana Harbour to facilitate launching and mooring of the RNLI lifeboat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3849/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Buncrana Harbour is owned by Donegal County Council and responsibility for its repair and maintenance rests with the local authority in the first instance. In November 2003, the county council submitted a proposal to my Department for funding to dredge Buncrana Harbour at an estimated cost of €200,000. The question of providing funding for this project in the 2004-2006 period will depend on the amount of Exchequer funding available for works at fishery harbours generally and overall national priorities.