Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Rural and Community Development

Harbours and Piers

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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44. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the development of Caladh Mór pier on Inis Meáin; the status of the preparation of a simulation model of the harbour by the National Maritime College of Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27958/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, Galway County Council are the body responsible for development of stage three of the pier development on Inis Meáin. Officials from my Department have been in ongoing contact with the relevant officials in the County Council to progress matters.

The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) have been developing a model simulation of the sea conditions into the harbour on Inis Meáin, which will inform the Business Case options for the development. COVID-19 restrictions have limited access to the NMCI facility and progress with the model simulation has consequently been somewhat delayed.

With COVID related restrictions now being eased, the Local Authority are working with the NMCI with a view to finalising a date for accessing the facility in order to progress this aspect of the project.


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