A significant investment in three North Mayo docks and for Roonagh, the connecting point to the mainland for Clare Island traffic, has been announced today.
€525,000 has been allocated by the Department of Rural and Community Development for improvement works at all four piers and harbours.
Funding of €150,000 has been granted for the construction of an equipped hardstand area in Killala to facilitate boat repairs and storage as well as waste management. The money is also ring-fenced for the cleaning of silt from the docking area and for safety works to be carried out on the pier’s steps and railings.
€112,500 is allocated each to Ballina Harbour and Blacksod Pier, for the provision of a new crane and safety improvement works in the case of the latter and for Ballina, to further repair the harbour deck area and to improve and upgrade navigational aids on the River Moy approach channel.
Roonagh Pier, outside Louisburgh, benefits to the tune of €150,000 for the installation of a new crane and for safety improvement works.
“These piers and harbours play an important social and economic role in their localities by contributing to the ongoing development of fishing related activities,” says Minister Michael Ring,” who announced the funding.
“The range of projects approved will create local construction employment over the lifetime of the projects, but equally will further enhance the amenities provided to the wider community in Roonagh, Killala, Blacksod and Ballina.”