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Minister of State Sean Connick T.D. visits Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre to view ongoing harbour development works and meet a range of fishing and aquaculture industry groups in West Cork

Sean Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, today visited Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre where he viewed the ongoing harbour development works.

This funding for the harbour development is being provided under the Department's Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.

The first stage of the works, which involved Capital Dredging and Disposal works, has already been completed.

The second stage of the works, which is ongoing, involves the construction of a 210m length of quay (comprising 120m of new quay and 90m replacement of the existing quay) and associated infrastructure.

The construction of a new portion of the quay, has been completed and this section of the quay is now operational. Works are well advanced on the second phase, which is replacement of the existing Dinish Wharf.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have allocated in excess of €5 million in 2010 towards these works.

This development will provide much needed additional quay length, safer access and greater depths for navigation into the harbour and greater berthing depths.  The new development will cater for the more modern larger vessels that are now part of the Castletownbere fishing fleet and will enable larger visiting vessels to use the harbour and generate business for fishing industry related businesses in the area.

The Minister also viewed the recently completed effluent treatment plant and the reclamation works associated with the provision of new and improved facilities for the RNLI on the town side of the harbour.  The RNLI propose to construct a pontoon berth for their Severn Class lifeboat and a shore-based building to facilitate their services.  Minister Connick acknowledges the magnificent contribution made by the RNLI and paid tribute to the selfless dedication of the RNLI members.

Minister Connick said "Castletownbere harbour is of major importance to the local economy and I am delighted to see at first hand the progress which has been made to date on its development, which will I'm sure play a pivotal role in the future development of the fishing industry. These benefits will have a welcome knock-on effect on both the local and national economy. I am also delighted to have an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the unique role of the RNLI and their strong tradition and links to the fishing community in this area."

Photo 1 to go with Press Release on 09.06.10   added 09.06.10
Caption:  The gentleman in the first picture with the MoS Connick is Cllr Danny Crowley

Date Released: 09 June 2010