Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the announcement of Government funding to repair damage caused to publically owned harbours and piers across West Cork by the recent storms.
“Harbours and piers around the country have been badly affected by the storms and West Cork has not escaped the damage. I welcome the allocation by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney of €8.8 million to repair the damage to publically owned piers, harbours and slipways linked to fisheries and aquaculture.
“I expect a good proportion of this funding to come to West Cork and Cape Clear’s North Harbour is one of five locations nationally to have been prioritised for urgent repair works.
“This funding for infrastructural repairs to harbours, piers and slipways, will come as a welcome relief to coastal communities affected by the storms. In response to the severity of the damage the Minister has also removed the limit of €150,000 per project, which previously applied to this type of grant aid.
“In addition to the €8.8 million in funding for piers and harbours, up to €1.5 million of further funding assistance is also being allocated to the inshore fisheries sector in response to reports of destruction to lobster and shrimp pots during the recent inclement weather.
“The Government’s prompt action to repair the storm damage demonstrates its commitment to coastal communities across West Cork where people’s livelihoods are so dependent on the sea.”