Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Fishery Harbour Centres
511. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the works that were carried out in Howth Harbour in 2012 and 2013 under the fishery harbour and coastal infrastructure capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25619/14]
Howth Fishery Harbour Centre in County Dublin is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres, which are owned, managed and maintained by my Department. Notwithstanding the prevailing economic environment in which we operate, I am happy to be able to advise that in excess of €2.76 million has been invested in maintenance, development and upgrading works at Howth FHC as part of my Department’s Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme in 2012 and 2013.
In 2012 works included providing environmental improvement works including a new waste water management facility in the harbour shipyard, carrying out repairs to the old revenue building on the west pier which is a protected structure, completion of repairs to the East Pier harbour wall, providing new toe rail edge protection, traffic bollards and associated traffic management road marking on the west pier. The 2013 works consisted of upgrading disability access, completion of the first phase of the Harbour Electrical System upgrade, East Pier investigation project, improvements to road markings and footpaths in the harbour and other general safety and maintenance works in the harbour. On the 20th March 2014 I approved funding of €1.18 million for the maintenance and development of Howth Fishery Harbour Centre this year. A major part of the works planned for 2014 includes the continued upgrading of the electrical system at the harbour.