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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal Local Authorities undertake and complete 58 development and repair projects on harbours and slipways owned by them (see table below for details).

The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

The Minister said, “I am delighted to announce the continuation of our programme to assist coastal Local Authorities in the repair and development of fishery and aquaculture linked marine infrastructures under their ownership.”

The Local Authority programme forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2020 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, whereby the Department co-funds up to 75% of the total cost of approved projects, with the Local Authority providing the balance.

The Minister went on to say, “The Local Authority owned harbours in receipt of funding under this year’s programme are fundamental to the wellbeing of rural coastal communities and play an important social and economic role in their respective localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities, increasing participation in marine leisure and supplementing measures to attract greater numbers of tourists which ultimately create the environment for job creation.”

Minister Creed concluded the announcement by stating, “The €3.1m I have made available in 2020 is testament to my commitment to assist in the ongoing economic and social development in our rural coastal communities. This enlarged scheme will provide a much needed economic boost to these communities, given the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on rural areas.

“The diverse range of projects approved for funding under the programme are geographically spread across 10 Local Authorities and will not only create local construction employment over the lifetime of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider Marine community in these coastal areas.”


Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine funded Local Authority works 2020:

County Council Location Works Grant Aid Approved


County Council


Carrigaholt Pier

Essential repairs and reconstruction of section of old pier wall. 37,500


Bournapeaka Pier (Ballyvaughan)

Underpin mid section of pier. Remove and replace cracked section of pier. Remove section of deck and replace tying into repaired section of quay. Remove and relay cut stone along pier edge. 51,750

Ballyvaughan Pier

Installation of flood gate and 3 no. flap valves. Provision of rock armour to protect pier wall. 48,750

Total Clare










County Council



















Ballycotton Pier Provide additional berthage at the deepest section of the pier. Fit 1 No. new navigation light at harbour entrance. Install new fenders at head of main pier. 22,500

Kinsale Harbour – Pier at Fisherman’s Pontoon

Re-grade and re-deck existing access to the fisherman’s pontoon. Replace and install new gangway. Provide safety signage and necessary safety railings. 93,750

Youghal Harbour – Nealson Quay, Market Dock & Green Dock

Installation of new handrails, toe-rails, replace ladders, mooring rings, mooring bollards and storm weather gate. Upgrade existing steps and carry out remedial works to pier wall and re-deck slipway. 60,000

Keelbeg – Union Hall Pier – Safety Measures

Provide physical barrier to control access to pier. Line markings are required to designated works areas, walking area and storage areas. Provide CCTV system. Install toe rails along the edge of pier.  


Utility Upgrade (water) at Keelbeg (Union Hall Pier), Kinsale Harbour, Baltimore Pier, Ballycotton Pier Upgrade of water distribution system to include supply points on the side of the pier to improve facilities for users/fishermen. 38,250
Safety Measures & Improvement Works Bundle – Ilawn na gCoarach (Bere Island), Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island), East Pier (Heir Island),Middle Land (Long Island). Colla Pier & Abbey Pier (Sherkin Island) Erect standard safety signage at Ilawn na gCoarach, Bea Lough Pier, Abbey Pier, East Pier & Middle Land. Replace damaged ladders, handrails, toerails, minor concrete repairs at Bea Lough Pier, Colla Pier & Abbey Pier. 26,250
Utility Upgrade Bundle (Water & Electricity) Schull Pier, Courtmacsherry & Middle Land (Long Island) Schull – Upgrade of existing electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. Courtmacsherry – Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier.  Middle Land (Long Island) – Upgrade of existing water & electric system and provide distribution system to include supply points on the pier. 32,250

Monkstown Sand Quay

Provide concrete plinth adjacent to slipway. Install handrail. Provide vertical toe rail on both slips. Define access with Safety Chains/Bollards. Install new Ring Buoy. Install standardised H&S Signage. 7,500


Install handrail to steps and toe-rail. Concrete repair to steps and defective areas of pier deck. Safety signage. Provide road lining at entrance to pier. Provide ring-buoy. 5,250

Drumlave (Adrigole)

Replace defective ladder and provide new additional ladder, toe rail, handrail and mooring rings. Concrete remedial work to steps. Safety signage. 5,250







Knockadoon Pier & Slip

New concrete deck on upper section of slipway. Provide section of vertical toe-rails on both sides of slipway. Provide a new section of handrail on raised concrete section at beach & breakwater. Replace 2 No. ladders at head of breakwater. New surface water drain with gulley adjacent to gabions. Safety signage. 13,500

Lough Hyne East

Erect handrail at steps. Concrete repair works to quay wall including deck repair at corner. Safety signage. 7,500

Warren’s Boathouse Pier

Upgrade steps and install handrails. New concrete deck to pier and slipway. Upgrade and replace timber ladders.  Provide mooring rings, bollards and toe-rails. Safety signage. 52,500

Total Cork

Donegal County Council Leenan Slipway Construction of a new 8m wide slipway for taking up boats for safe storage in bad weather. 150,000
Greencastle Pier Pile Repairs – Engage a diving contractor to reinforce the existing piles by welding steel plates of similar profile to them. 90,000

Malinbeg Slipway Winch

Replace the existing electric winch with an electro-hydraulic winch. 22,500

Ballyederlan Pier

Provide lighting, slipway decking, signage and safety railings. 18,000
Carrickarory Provide vertical D fenders at the head of the pier as well as repair/replace ladders, repair the electrical installation (power outlet) and provide signage. Repair and rebuild the existing pier wall. 45,000
Port Inver (Aid to Navigation) Provide a Port Hand buoy and navigation light as well as safety signage at the pier. 12,000
Nead na Gé Re-deck the slipway, provide signage and provide public lighting. 22,500
Entrance to Kincasslagh (Aid to Navigation) Provide a new Starboard beacon and navigation light as well as safety signage. Replace corroded ladders on Turk Rock, Leac na bhFear and Aileen Reef. 24,000
Cruit Lower Repair the slipway, replace existing ladders, provide hand railing, signage and improve general safety. 22,500
Donegal Town (Aids to Navigation) Replace 8 No. buoys with new lights to improve safety of navigation to the town pier. 18,000
Mullinasole Provide new hybrid lighting at the head of the pier. 9,000
Total Donegal 433,500

County Council

Balbriggan Harbour Provision of services supply points (water and electricity) on Northern side of the harbour and associated connections. 67,500
Loughshinny Harbour Reconditioning and re-strengthening of pavement and sea wall. 67,500
Loughshinny Harbour Replacement and installation of new ladders, guardrails and associated ancillary works to the South Pier. 15,000
Rush Harbour Lift and relay and re-secure a section of original stones to the slipway serving the northern section of Rush Harbour. 7,500

Total Fingal

Kerry County Council Tarbert Pier Further strengthening and underpinning to quay wall together with alignment of stone to face of wall. Precast panel placement and grouting of voids. 150,000

Glen Pier, Ballinskelligs

Structural repairs to pier – replace steps and filling of voids. 45,000

Ventry Pier

Construct concrete steps. 56,250

Total Kerry



Mayo County Council




Provision of new crane. Safety improvement works.






Construction of equipped hardstand area to facilitate boat repairs/ storage/ waste management. Maintenance cleaning of silt from berthage /docking area. Safety works to steps, railings etc. 150,000


Provision of new crane. Safety improvement works at Blacksod Pier. 112,500

Ballina Harbour

Further repairs to harbour deck and provision of safe access to harbour area. Improve, upgrade and replace Aids to Navigation on River Moy approach channel. 112,500

Total Mayo

Sligo County Council Easkey Pier Major repairs to structure including repairs to deck at head of pier; repairs to spalling at rear of pier; repair spalling and scouring to pier adjacent to slipway; and spalling to top of pier wall. 84,000
Aughris Pier Major repairs to structure including head of pier due to scouring and spalling; and rear wall due to spalling and cracking. 67,500
Milk Harbour Major repairs to structure including repairs to harbour walls and refurbishment to deck. 15,000

Total Sligo

Waterford County Council Tramore North Pier Remediation works to wall of seaward side of the southern pier wall, casting a new RC wall to the exposed face together with foundation and scour protection involving RC concrete works. 150,000
Helvick Pier Construct concrete slab on shorter pier wall, carry out repairs to pier wall & grout areas as necessary at Helvick Harbour. 150,000
Boatstrand Pier Final phase with strengthening works to the main east pier.  Completion of the facing of the outer length of the south east face of the main pier. 120,000

Youghal Bridge / Ticknock Pier

The existing ladder access at this pier requires replacement. 15,000

Total Waterford




Wexford County Council







Slade Harbour Essential structural repairs to harbour walls and slipway. Health & Safety works. 71,250
Kilmore Quay Capital dredging works at harbour approach channel. 150,000
Kilmore Quay Upgrade of power points. 60,000
Kilmore Quay West harbour wall – Fendering and repairs to wall. 75,000
New Ross Marina Upgrade marina 22,500
Kilmore Quay Marina Upgrade marina 22,500
Fethard Harbour Access improvements,  Health & Safety works. 11,250
Courtown Harbour Provide barrier system on slipway 7,500

Total Wexford

Wicklow County Council North and South Piers, Arklow Installation of new LED sectored light with a range of 9 miles on the North Pier. Installation of Solar Marine Grade 15 Watt lights along the North Pier. Installation on the South Pier of an MSM sectored LED lighting and associated cabling. 45,000
Packet Pier, Wicklow Supply and installation of a new heavy duty 50 tonne mooring bollard. In addition three 7.5/10 tonne mooring bollards to be installed at locations on the Packet Pier. 52,500
North & South Quay, Wicklow Upgrading of existing and installation of new ladders with handrails along the North and South Quay. 33,750
East Pier, Wicklow Minor improvement works at East Pier to include: Installation of vertical rubber fenders; Installation of LED lighting; Replacement of damaged railings and installation of new railing at certain points; Provision of power and water points; Improvements to steps leading to water at top of Packet Pier and lifeboat end; Installation of 3 No. new ladders; Installation of 2 to 3 small bollards between existing bollards to increase capacity/ reduce crossover. 61,875
Wicklow & Arklow Harbour Erection of Safety Signage around the harbours and piers. 22,500

Total Wicklow





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